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Community Tasting Notes (145) Avg Score: 91.8 points

  • One of the best bottles of Zinfandel I have tasted. Not overpowered by heat or fruit. Red fruit (cherry, raspberry), and some floral notes. Nice smooth finish. Drank over two nights - opened just a bit for the second night.

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  • Delicious on day one and day two. This leads me to believe that while in prime time there is no particular rush for those of you who have any of these remaining

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  • Rich and unctuous, plum and cherry flavors with a distinct cherry finish. I had this in the cellar for five years, and looking at my old notes this got smoother with age but did not lose its flavor. A wonderful zin!

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  • No formal notes. Bottle #5 of 5. This was on point, and laden with bright red raspberry, cream, bramble and a touch of deft vanillin. Brilliant. Fading quickly after a couple hours in glass. Goodbye old friend.

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  • 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.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

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