Opened for our 11th wedding anniversary - carried to a restaurant where it was popped-n-poured. Gorgeous translucent dark ruby color. Nose shows the characteristic eucalyptus along with some briar and raspberry. First taste this shows actually quite young with strong raspberry forward and lots of spice. This faded quickly, leaving the wine more savory on entry with eucalyptus, forest floor, and pepper, then a more subtle crushed cherry which I note often on aged zin, reverberates through the finish This wine is fading into its sunset years with these secondary notes but by no means tired
I drank this on the night with a 2001 Hartford and this was slightly the lesser wine, but still delicious. The fruit had faded somewhat with time but the alcohol has also integrated better allowing the wine to come in better balance with good acidity. Red fruits, some earthy notes. Didn't scream zin to me (which is good and bad) but did scream tasty (and rapidly disappearing) wine.
Tasted with Mike Officer, Morgan Twain-Peterson and Tegan Passalacqua at The Girl and the Fig, Sonoma. This 9-year old was still young and vibrant - to the eye, the nose and the palate! Medium dark ruby red. Complex and expressive aromas and flavors of cherries, blackberries and spice. Rich mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste. What elevated this wine beyond that of other great, well aged zinfandels was the distinctive eucaplitis aromas, flavors and oily essence that permeated this incredible wine. According to Mike O., this magnificent vineyard no longer exists. Simply stated, we are doing the Heritage Vineyard Project to deter the further loss of treasures like the late, great "Gum Tree Ranch Vineyard."
Dinner with Brian and Karen (The Scotts): Unbelievable Eucalyptus nose with mint, floral and cola notes. Not as thick and heavy in the mouth as i would have expected - more medium bodied. A lttle hot - the 16.2% alcohol is a little noticable. Nice fruit but a little one dimensional. If you like eucalyptus notes this wine is for you. Not my favorite Carlisle, but good.
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