2016 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Russian River Valley

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  • Matt Scott Likes this wine: 99 points

    April 1, 2018 - Blueberry cobbler, braised duck, portabello mushroom, vanilla bean, blackberry capote and Chinese five spice. The palate is salient during the front, middle and back; the tannins are microfiber, and the ostensibly echoing finish continues for minutes. Typical of Russian River Valley Syrah, the acidity is evident, and in this case, at the perfect amount. Many levels of depth are within. This soon-to-be legendary bottling is even more enthralling than ‘14 and ‘11. Absolutely iconic and my favorite Carlisle yet. This is near perfection. 2016 might possibly end up being Carlisle’s best vintage ever. Drink 2019 - 2033.

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  • tomherer commented:

    4/1/18, 4:30 PM - wrt thinking 2016 might be their best vintage, Mike recently told me that he shares that opinion, so you're in good company :)

  • Matt Scott commented:

    4/2/18, 10:24 AM - Hi Tom,

    After 2007, ‘13 and ‘14, I often wondered if those vintages would be topped ... and with ‘16 they were. The ‘16 vintage is mythic, and the Papa’s Block is the Syrah that all others will hope to achieve - it is the archetype.

  • Hover low 64 commented:

    4/7/18, 6:29 AM - Wow guys! I just received two bottles of 2016 Papa’s Block along with a few other ‘16s and will wait with much excited anticipation to open them. I have a few other Papa’s Blocks that I have been holding. You’ve given me a lot to look forward to.

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