I don't drink much Zinfandel anymore but damn this was good. Black berries and boysenberry with anise seed, and chocolate accents. Solid acidity too. Just when I was about to write off this variety......
Powerful, smooth, voluptuous ... "open for business" ... this was simply a great wine from start to finish, with a nose of cherry liqueur and pit fruit and a velvety mouthfeel showcasing flavors of blueberry and boysenberry with mineral accents. Well balanced and still vibrant despite a bit of bottle age.
This zin is simply delicious. on the nose graphite, cherry, and dark fruits. on the palate loads of zinberry, licorice, cassis and white pepper. this wine is approaching peak. Drink now or hold for a few more years. long finish with a touch of alcohol..
Opened at a party, so I only got a few sips. Unbelievable nose - briary fruit with a ton of floral notes. Otherwise, it was typical Carlisle - solid! Medium to full body, a hint of pepper, and a terrific finish. Will probably last a few more years, although I'll never know (since this was the one bottle Carlisle would sell me).
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