Working my way through some old-ish bottles, last spin with this one was late 2012. Opened this about 2 hrs ago, put a light chill to it and then poured off a taste just now. This is good. Lots of fresh berry fruit here still, plenty of spice and some zesty quality while cool. As it warms, the fruit takes center stage and then some tannin emerges. There is some structure hanging around here, some acidity too which is kind of where I was going with the 'spicy' remark. I don't see any fade or secondary notes in this wine, remains quite lively. it's not lithe or lean, but it does have a good amount of freshness still here. Retried over dinner, no real change and the bottle remained with the host so nothing to re-taste. My thinking is that this wine is ready to go, and like other 2007s, I'd enjoy these now and catch them at their pinnacle.
This bottle a little more faded from my last tasting 18 months ago. Nice acidity and bright fruit. Enjoyed over two nights, but never really sang. This seemed young on one hand - muted. But didn't come together in glass the way I thought it would. I kept waiting, tick tock, but it just sat there. Hmmm. Different than almost other Carlisle Zins I've had. A conundrum. Headed down?
Deep red in color. 14.8% ABV. Red fruits, flower and briar on the nose. Full bodies with juicy acidity. Raspberry compote, boysenberry, cherry and white pepper on the palate. Refreshing Zinfandel with a mouth watering finish. As good as I have come to expect from the Estate Vineyard. Drink over the next year or two.
Last bottle! Fragrant nose of raspberry coulis, cherry pie filling, plum and soy sauce. Dry on the palate, with refreshingly tart acidity - somewhat lighter in body than the nose might suggest, but packed with red fruit, most notably fresh raspberry - as concentrated as jam, but without any of the sweetness. No discernible oak. The length is long. Just wonderful. Drinking beautifully now.
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