Was a bit anxious about this one since it was a gift from a neighbor/friend and storage was questionable. Initial taste on opening was that this was a bit "hot", which at 15.8% abv wasn't unexpected. Visual inspection showed only slight bricking on the rim with a nice ruby core. On the nose is more heat and some smoke and dry earth. After 1-2 hour decant the alcohol has blown off a bit. There is ripe black cherry along with a hint of leafiness (?), baking spice, very ripe green plum, medium acidity and medium fine grained tannins that sit for a good while on the sides of the tongue.
15.9% ABV. Translucent dark garnet in the glass. Sweet smelling nose of raisin and red berry fruit. Medium full bodied with fruit that echoes the nose plus a little mulberry and a touch of tea creeping suggesting this is on the downhill side of maturity, but still drinking pretty well. Tasty.
I agree with the brambly-ness comment about this wine, but it doesn't knock my socks off. This is a very good wine hitting a very good stride though, with lots of berries and dry graphite and a very slight hint of zinny sweetness. I can't emphasize enough though that while theres enough jam to know this is zin, it is totally restrained and fits wonderfully with the still large but entirely integrated tannins. The only drawbacks are that it isn't very complex and theres a touch of heat in there (15.8 alcohol), but all in all, a very good wine at a very good place. Drink now through 2013.
Second Day: More integrated, this could actually improve with perhaps another year or two. Still a big but pretty balanced wine, nothing new to taste, just better integrated. Score adjusted to a 92 from a 91. Drink now through 2015 and perhaps beyond?
Drinking terrific. Bramble nose, violet/florals, some jam, spicy and laser-like palate and still showing some acidity, too. What's survived here is some french oak but it's not overwhelming the wine IMO. Will enjoy the rest over dinner and if the wine changes, I'll add some final impressions.......final glass with over a day of bottle decant, this wine is solid, with boysenberry and briar, juicy palate. Long finish. And the oak, what I thought was quite a bit of it on the bouquet yesterday, it's not oak but just pure zin bouquet with a hint of graphite. Even with the additional age I put on this wine since my last bottle, I'll offer that this wine can go another year easy. Enjoy now or wait it out, either way, classic Carlisle. I paid full retail $23 for this wine. Delicious nd my last one.....goodbye my friend!
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