Chosen for this week's Wineberserkers charity fundraiser to get Peter a Kidney. The theme is historic California vineyards. Here's the description from the Carlisle Website:
"Planted in 1914 by Charlie Derrick, just before riding off to join the Cavalry of World War I, this gorgeous property is tucked amongst the redwoods in the hills of the southwest corner of Dry Creek Valley. While Charlie's gold mine on the property is no longer productive (he used to produce jewelry from the gold and silver he found), his vines certainly are. Organically and dry farmed, this is usually one of our first Zinfandel vineyards to be picked."
Popped and poured. Needed an hour of air to really start to show well. This is not a fruit driven zinfandel. There is minerality, earthyness and power, with red fruit, but not the slightest bit jammy or sweet. After an hour, there was more fruit emerging, which improved the balance of the wine. Followed for three hours and continued to improve. Overall delicious.
Pop/pour. Not detailed notes. Relatively lush and balanced, hiding it's alcohol well. More nuanced than most Carlisles I've had, but only because I tend to kill them off way too early. Better on Day 2.
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