good showing of the base house style at a good point in its development. I always feel these age better than people give them credit for and this bottle reinforced that opinion. Nothing spectacular, but a good showing from a good producer without being a hint of being tired.
For all the Carlisle fans out there, here is a great example of patience rewarded. I had four bottles and drank one in 2004, one in 2005, one in 2006, and yes, I hardly made it, but this bottle, the first of 2007--the trajectory is clear--this wine just keeps getting better and better. Now this is not your ordinary Carlisle fruit bomb, as Mike admits, but for purity of fruit and fineness of mouthfeel this red berry and cherry claret-style Zin is pure silk. I do taste his note of Pomegranate, as well. Last of its line and ultimately rewarding.
The strongest showing yet for this wine. Somewhat hot and red on the nose, but in trademark Carlisle style, the alcohol surrenders to a rich full bodied zin that's silk on the tongue. For the briary, spicy Zin-bomb fan, this one is probably not your style, but for finesse and balance, this is a fine example of the richness and bold flavors of Mike O's delicious fare. So glad this one did get released.
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(Carlisle Zinfandel Alexander Valley) Group's #7 (my #5) – 67 pts; 0, 0, 0, 0 – black violet color; narrow fig and grape nose with a balsamic note; chewy, more interesting palate, with black fruit and a cocoa note, not as hot as others; medium finish