Probably always my perennial favorite Zin from Mike's lineup. This was brought to the OL by Ramon and I was eager to try. I still remember how taken I was tasting the 2003 Feeney with Mike on a past trip to Copain CC when it was in tank, preparing to be bottled. One of those imprint wine experiences for me. But getting back to this wine, as opposed to the 2003 moment, I did not care for this 2000. The alcohol IMO has overtaken the fruit. It seemed hot and medicinal, which seemed to override the black raspberry, blueberry and espresso notes. Listed alcohol said 16.0%. One of the very few Carlisles I have not cared for.
Solid wine. Still quite youthful - surprisingly so for a Zin. Ensure this isn't too cold, and give it at least 30 minutes of decanter time. Solid Zin nose - red fruits, some spice, maybe some green pepper. Chewy. Lots of plum and some hints of apple (only other Zin I've had this apple flavor is a Linne Calodo Zin blend), with red fruits really coming through as the wine got some air time.
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