With ribs and brats -- this was just an exceptional pairing and enjoyable drink. Bold nose of blackberry, spice, herbs and smoke. Fresh and juicy. Medium weight and precisely chiseled. Worked well with the smoked baby backs and beer brats and peppers. Plenty of life ahead, but I'm glad to have consumed my third and final bottle at a peak drinking window.
I fine the Carlisle Vineyard to consistently be the most elegant of Mike's wines. I think this is because of the restraint and balance, without sacrificing flavor. This was true with this bottle, the first of the '09 version that I've opened. Actually drank better the second day as the wine unfolded a bit. Core blue/black fruit, silky tannins. minerality in the backdrop. A non-wine drinker in the group commented "this is awesome". I think with 1-2 more years this will go somewhere special.
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