Delicious red and black fruit, creamy, and beautiful detail and nuance. Less bramble and oak, and more focused bright deep fruit, with structure and earth. Awesome, and at a perfect peak right now. For an 'off' vintage I sure like the style of Mike's 08s.
Maroon in color. 15.2% ABV. 98% Zinfandel and 2% Carignane. Great nose of brambly red fruits, iron and kirsch. Medium body with juicy acidity. Exceptional balance. Fresh and elegant. Cherries, raspberries, earth and minerals on the palate. Smooth and silky on the finish. Drink over the next 1-3 years.
This is why I have a cellar. Upon release this wine would have been big, powerful and flavorful, but relatively unsophisticated. Today it is complex and interesting.
Decanted through an aerator for 30 minutes and drank over the next two hours.
Typical brick-red, with some purplish hues. Plums and blackberries, with raspberry overtones. A great deal of spice, which I love but cannot specify. The finish is very long and changes from minute-to-minute. This wine is one of the reasons I love wine.
The Gold Mine Ranch has always seemed to have a specific style within the Carlisle stables. Slightly extracted and jammy compared to others here, this shows a boysenberry fruit orientation, and delicious bright ostentatiousness. Not in the league of Carlisle, Papera, or Martinelli Road, IMHO. I like and agree with peternelson's words below- "pure big ripe fruit, but lacking complexity." Just starting to knit together, this will be good for another 3 or 4 years.
Next night, this has significantly improved, with more earthy complexity. The jamminess has transformed to that Barolo like shoe polish note I love so much. I actually liked this so much I bought more. Really my style, I greatly underestimated this. More similar to the Pagani in style, I'll eat some crow here. Young and delicious, upgraded to 93 pts.
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