Barbera-ish Battle; 11/20/2015-11/22/2015: A replacement for the corked Feeney (:(() - this was a bit cold to start but really opened up well with zinberry notes and ripe raspberry. bitter chocolate with red fruit in the mid. great acidity keeping it fresh. Delicious and classy wine.
And to think that this is an entry-level Zinfandel for Carlisle--amazing. I'm sure in its youth, it was an intense beast of wine, yet last night the 2005 Dry Creek Valley was lively, pure, focused, high-toned and spicy. Perfectly balanced acidity and radiant red berry fruit made for a wonderful mix and a glass of wine that was hard to put down.
Well balanced. Fruit without overpowering fruit. Spice with pepper. Originally popped and poured but after 2 hours more fruit emerged with even a bit of apparent sweetness. No classic signs of aging. Moderate finish. Very dark color. The alcohol was 15.6%. It was not apparent on the palate due to the balance and spice, but my head definitely noticed it after 2 or 3 glasses.
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