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Tasting Notes for Zvillan

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Red
Still plenty of life left in these bottles. Decanted for 45 min and let the alcohol blow off a little. Better balance than the previous bottle I opened last year. Nice spice and a long finish. Second night was more fruit filled but still very good.
Rosé
Perfect summer time wine. Better than the bottle I opened last year. Less acid and a bit more depth to this bottle. Also went well with hamachi sashimi that I recently caught. Friends liked it too.
Red
Really good juice. Most of the Pinot I drink is from Santa Barbara.This Russian River I got for a great deal from Envoyer and it is definitely worth it. Two more bottles to enjoy.
White
Drinking beautifully right now. The table couldn't believe the price point on this bottle. Mikes white wows again.
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Red
PnP at MB Post in Manhattan beach. Still alive and drinking beautifully.
White
Definitely lost some fruit but still has a little sweetness and nice mineral citrus notes. My last bottle and it went well with grilled spot prawn. Drink up you have any left.
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Red
Another great bottle of Carlisle. Smooth, silky and sweet ripe fruit.
Red
Beautiful biodynamic, native yeast wine that is super juicy and full of bright cherry fruit and wild berries. Great QPR from envoyer.
White - Off-dry
My last bottle from a great premier cru deal. I think they sold them at $9 or something like that. Cork was tight and did it's job. Beautiful stone fruit, lemon peel and honey on the nose. Nice acidity and well balanced. A little short on the finish but nothing to complain about. A beautiful wine I wish I had more.
Red
5/29/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP with Lamb chops, sweet nose of spice and cherries, well balanced with nice fruit but not over powering. I have been opening up most of my 2012 carlisle zins lately and this one would fall under medium bodied and more structure than other vineyards.
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Red
4/26/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
95 points
Decanted for 30 min. Tasted amazing right out of the gate and even better an hour later. Fragrant with beautiful deep cherry notes and herbs. Balanced, light and smooth. I wish I had more bottles.
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White
Damn I love this wine. I wish I had more 2011's but sadly this was my last bottle. Well balanced and absolutely delicious. Looking forward to opening more derivative soon.
Red
3/18/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
92 points
45 min to and hour in the decanter really helped this to get together. Better than the '12 carlisle carlisle but the '12 limerick is still my favorite from this vintage so far. Well balanced and nice fruit with a smooth finish. I think this can age a few more years but drinking great now.
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Red
2011 Carlisle Three Birds Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
3/16/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
92 points
This vintage blew the '08, '09 and '10 out of the water. I wish I had another bottle or two. Great fruit but not a bomb and some nice spice and pepper. Drinking well now
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Red
2009 Carlisle Three Birds Sonoma County Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/27/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
91 points
Drinking much better than the last bottle a few years ago. The alcohol has burned off quite a bit. Deep cherries, spice and mixed fruit for a beautiful medium wine from Mike. This is drinking beautifully now. I wish I had another bottle.
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Red
2/26/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
88 points
Not much structure left. Big bold fruity and some good spice but I would open this if you have any.
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Red
1/30/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
92 points
Once again Mike and Jay have hit it out of the park. I don't recall ever having a bad bottle of Carlisle but this one just stood out a little more. Great balanced fruit and a nice long smoky finish. Carlisle wines keep getting better and better. This was opened along side the 2012 carlisle Zin and was favored more. I wouldn't hold this much longer as I think it has hits it peak.
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Red
1/21/2019 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
90 points
Perfect mountain getaway wine with the easy screw top. We drank this at the double eagle lodge in June Lake. Bright, zesty and fruity right out of the gate. It got better in the glass and made me want to start drinking my carlisles younger.
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Red
Well balanced, refreshing, sweet cherry, black pepper spice nice and full, Perfect week day pizza wine
Red
12/22/2018 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
89 points
Decanted for 1 hour prior to drinking and it definitely needed it. Balanced, nice spice and some cherry notes with hints of flowers. The nose was earthy then more fragrant of herbs then spice. Such a great value at under $30.
Red
11/25/2018 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
90 points
Needed over an hour to really get together. Rich cherry, spice and some berry fruit. A good wine with friendsgiving.
Red
10/9/2018 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
88 points
Showing amazingly well. Good full fruit and bold spice. Ate with classic spaghetti and meatballs.
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Red
7/17/2018 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened tasted and definitely needed to be decanted. Started showing beautifully after 30 min. The fruit is still holding but fading against the 15.5 alcohol. Sweet and dark with some berry notes and spice. I will open my last bottle soon.
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Red
1/2/2018 - Zvillan Likes this wine:
90 points
Opened and decanted for 30 min, no sediment. Took another 10-15 in the glass to really show. Well balanced with good fruit and spice. I have one more bottle of this that I will most likely open up soon as I believe it is at its peak. It was amazing with elk burgers and a great deal.
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