I already enjoy Mike's Carlisle wines and have been drinking this plot of Carlisle for as long as I can recall, probably back to the 2003. Adam has made the wine from here for some time too so it's cool to see their partnership around Adam getting Mike's fruit. This Novy 2012 comes in twist, much like the terrific 2012 Novy Papera I had last week. This wine tonight is listed at about a 1% point higher in alc than the Papera so I'll have to drink 1% less (well, try!). Reminds me of the Carlisle plot, in that it typically has a licorice, loam quality to it. Fresh berry, some jammy edges, too and as it breathes out, there comes a boysen quality to the fruit. There is some alcohol in the nose here, as at 15.5% this would be more difficult to avoid having it not show up. Along with the fruit and Carlisle signature, some nice acidity floating in the back of the finish. It'll take me 3 days to finish this wine, so that provides some runway to look for changes. The Novy Papera was great so it will take some rally to match that wine. We'll see...so Day 2, and this will be the end of my note, the wine is quite close in tone to yesterday but what has snuck into the profile is an orange zest note. It's distinct and while not as sharp as eating an orange peel, but it's akin to how it flavors food when used in cooking, a bit of a pungent appearance which I enjoy. Lots of acid here across a medium plus texture and good weight. FWIW, the alcohol note I mentioned y/day is less present today, too. As to a drink window, there is plenty of fruit here and with the acid, I'd wait another year or so and let this soften. Overall, this is RRV zin, from a great vineyard, made well.
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