In a quick whim, I pulled this and the 09 to take a brunch. Side by side, they are indeed different. The 2008 is more red fruited while the 2009 is darker. Both had acidity and the alcs were well managed with the 2008 seeming like it might age better, given the other notes like loam and some structure. The 2009 was more opulent and riper toned than the 2008, too. I supposed it depends on what you want in your Zin both but drank very well.
#6 of 6. This bottle still delicious, with a stupendous flavor profile for my palate. My favorite of Mike's bottling so, and this year was especially tasty. This may be fading a bit, confirming that 7 years from vintage is optimal for this vineyard.
WOTN for the group in a tasting of 10 Carlisle wines from 08-10 (3 syrah, 7 zins). Decanted 2.5 hours and it was really singing -- rich dark fruits, spice and a lot of complexity, without any noticeable alcoholic heat. Well done, Mike!
P&P and consumed over 2 hours. First glass opened up after about 15 minutes after the Vinturi. Mike O's wines never cease to impress and are always a killer QPR. Blue and black fruits, plum, with a touch of singed marshmallow flow through to a delectable mid-palate of smoked blue fruit, pepper, cinnamon, and sweet rhubarb (is that even a thing?) with a medium finish and just perfectly balanced. I adore Carlisle wines.
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