The wine is a deep, saturated maroon color with a touch of bricking at the edge. The very pleasing and inviting nose features blackberries, licorice, tree bark, leather, meat juices, dried herbs, violets, and a touch of Asian spices. The wine is fairly full bodied with nice, ripe tannins and good acidity. On the palate there are nice, spicy berries with just a touch of earthiness and a hit of dark chocolate. Even though the nose and palate are top notch, the finish is probably the best part of the wine. The finish is very long and loaded with berries, chocolate, dried herbs, and earthiness with just a bit of a meaty element. The length is incredible! There are absolutely no rough edges or any overly dominant taste or aromas in this wine. This wine is in a perfect drinking window, if I had more I'd recommend drinking over the next year or two.
Decanted about 20 min. While quite purple and dark, this was actually quite medium bodied. Sort of on the raspberry side of blackberry - gee black raspberry I guess. I had not had this in over 2 years, this now seems fully mature to me, no particular tannins, even starting to fade a bit. Still some nice spice though. Interesting change of pace. 75% Mourvedre, with the rest mainly PS, with some Alicante Bouchet and 5% 'Valdepenas'. On the Carlisle website this is referred to as Carignane while others seem to think it is Tempranillo.
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