#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.
Thanksgiving 2014: Carlisle is another Thanksgiving staple for us and our guests are usually primed for it and it's usually a crowd favorite. And once again, a very solid showing - raspberries and cool whip on the nose with a briary spice flavor profile. Lively acidity, long finish. Maybe not as complex and thought-provoking as the CdP and Volnay.
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