Very interesting. This wine has calmed down a lot and the powerful individual flavors have melded themselves into a unified and very smooth whole. Blind, I would not have guessed that this was a Carlisle Zinfandel because it was a bit more restrained, probably due to the age. I did not drink this under optimum conditions - client Christmas party, crappy hotel event wine glasses, after having way too much delicious baked brie that coated the mouth, etc. Hence no precise note on specific flavors, but an excellent wine and my second contribution to Historic Vintage week on Wineberserkers.
Decanted 45 minutes. Brick red with a hint of purple. Moderately dense. Rich texture. Very long finish. At six years it is beginning to soften and show signs of a mature zin. Dark fruit with spice, a little anise and earth. Continued to open up over the next hour. Wonderful wine. Might have been even better if I'd waited another year or two.
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