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.
Trotted my final bottle of this one out for Turkey Day. These are ready to drink now. This was at peak, fruit very present, but all the edges are nicely buffed on the wine, very nice mouthfeel. Drink 'em up, once the fruit recedes there's not the acidity or structure remaining on this one all that dynamic.
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