Although clearly a zin, and no shrinking violet, this was a serious, refined, food-friendly wine, not a hedonistic fruit bomb as some zins (though fewer Carlisles) can be. Some of that may be the nine years of age. The nose was gorgeous, with floral, dark berry and baked cranberry notes, with the cranberry note being especially prominent on the lasting finish. The 15% ABV was not noticed at all -- no heat, no perception of sweetness, relatively little roundness on the palate. Mouthfeel was almost more Burgundian (relatively speaking) than Californian. I'll drink my last bottle in the next 18-24 months, but this is not falling off a cliff by any means.
Have a friend whose favorite Carlisle vintage is '06. Since he was coming over decided to pull my last bottle of '06 zins. This was in excellent shape. What I liked best about it was that while most zins hit you right up from with a big statement and then drink like the nose in terms of flavor, this Carlisle Vineyard was far more layered and revealed more on the palate. Purple fruit core, but has some loam and dust to give the midpalate more nuance. I like this right where it is. Wouldn't recommend holding too much longer.
Purple in color. 15% ABV. Briar, black and red fruits, lavender and white pepper on the nose. Super rich and unctuous. Medium body with bright acidity. Blackberries, raspberry jam, boysenberry, cassis and pepper on the palate. Soft tannins on a great finish. Lots to like here. Always one of the best Carlisle single vineyard wines with the likes of Papera and Montafi. Drink over the next year.
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