Slow ox'd around 45 minutes in the bottle. Dark violet color. The nose shows brambly fruit along with loads of spicy character. Great depth of aromatic intensity. Full bodied, delicious Zinfandel. Great concentration. Blue & black fruit with a coating mouthfeel. Spiciness is present here as well. Lovely mid palate weight & bright acidity really balances the ample fruit. Supple tannins add good textural complexity. A huge hit with the friends we shared this with over dinner.
This is my kind of zin. Crunchy, brambly red fruit, as though you picked it off a wild bush in the Sierras, lots of mineral and acid, no heaviness or creaminess. Carlisle's 2011s may go down as some of the best zins of all time, if you share my love for that style of zin.
Vinituried into glass then 3 hours of glass air. Nose: Red fruits and stone minerals, cassis with perfume and baby powder hints. Interesting aromas. Palate: Tart red fruits (raspberry most evident w/ cherry) w/ some mineral present and a light to medium finish. Well balanced but not a rock star. A solid 90 maybe 90+.
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