Exuberant berry flavors with mineral and floral undertones. This really reminded me of syrah and was strongly in the red/purple fruit spectrum rather than the blue/black I normally imagine petite sirah to be. The structure lets you know this will last a long time, but it's in great balance at the moment. Delicious.
Decanted for 2-3 hours, drank it alongside the Bedrock Dolinsek Heirloom. Dark as night with a faint of purple on the rim. Opens up with massive nose of blue/black fruits, anise, and that floral component (lavender?) that I find so often in Carlisle. Chewy tannins, dense on the palate, but surprisingly light on its feet. All components nicely integrated but perhaps a bit light in acidity. With time softens on the palate and drinks smoothly to the end. Fascinating how this one mellowed while the Bedrock grew in structure. Tough to pick a favorite as they are both great wines. I may be a contrarian here but I do seem to enjoy Carlisle petite sirahs early in their development.
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