First, I am a Zinfandel lover. The aroma of this bottle was the most intense and lovely I have encountered! Carlisle and Turley are in a class by themselves and I have been on both mailing lists for many years. This one topped them all. Incredibly complex. Wow!
Maybe my favorite Carlisle to date. Balanced with a long finish. Full palate of raspberries, plums, vanilla, and spice. Perfect match for pulled pork tacos. Nicely buzzed when the bottle was empty but didn't notice the heat on the nose or palate.
Terrific nose - all kinds of black and blue fruit plus a healthy dollup of what I characterized as "bramble" (which I think is what other commenters described as "peaches"). Same good stuff on the palate. Tongue-tingling fruit and a really good finish. Upon opening, it was a little too port-like and hot, but after 30 to 60 minutes of air, it was well balanced. Really good structure and serious tannins. I think it will be better in another year or so.
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