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2016 Herman Story Cabernet Sauvignon York Mountain Chelle Mountain Vineyard Paso Robles
10/17/2020 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
95 points
I was so curious I just had to open one. Massive dark black fruit, blackberry, plum, black cherry, anise, licorice, asphalt, cinnamon, clove, velvety texture and great balance. The tannins are a firm medium+ so it probably needs 2-3 years to come into harmony but you can have it now with a few hours in the decanter, was very tight as a PnP.
  • rdf58 commented:

    10/23/20, 2:04 PM - Appreciate your note and detailed description. Just arrived (nice case busted up by shipping) and I was curious myself but now I can hold off. From your note it appears to be right in the HS spectrum.

Red
2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley
8/11/2020 - rdf58 wrote:
94 points
Beginning to hit its stride. Supple texture with red berry-cherry fruit. Likely to continue to improve but I like the freshness and acidity at this stage.
  • rdf58 commented:

    8/14/20, 7:17 AM - Glad I went big on this one. Along with Papera Ranch Zin, 2016 looks like a great vintage for Carlisle.

  • rdf58 commented:

    8/14/20, 9:22 AM - I do remember the earlier comments on the Papera. I did not have the same experience when I tried one. Hopefully they are in good shape now. I usually end up drinking these pretty early but will try to save a few for later.

Red
2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County
4/22/2020 - John Dunlap Likes this wine:
91 points
This is really full of life and needs about a year to settle down and mellow. Quite rambunctious at this stage. Good potential with lots of red fruits, dust, licorice, citrus peel and a touch of red apple and currant at the very end.
  • rdf58 commented:

    4/23/20, 12:51 PM - Hi John. I'm still enjoying your TNs. Looks like your profile has changed - did you move up to Sonoma county? Closer to the action. I hope you're doing well under current circumstances. Bob

  • rdf58 commented:

    4/27/20, 11:27 AM - Congratulations on the move. Nice location for all those zins. Doing well on the East Coast, although some days it's tempting to retire to Sonoma County.

Red
2018 Carlisle Syrah Sierra Mar Santa Lucia Highlands
4/10/2020 - Matt Scott Likes this wine:
98 points
Over time this bottling has become one of my favorites in the Carlisle portfolio. Decanted for two hours. Blueberry, raw steak, bacon fat, flower shop, dried shallots and gravel pit. Full-bodied, and paradoxically light on its feet, this delivers during every phase of your palate. At the very end this is thick and almost decadent. My favorite ever from here. Decant or wait a couple of years. This must be one of the finest Syrahs to ever come from Santa Lucia Highlands. Drink 2022 - 2034.
  • rdf58 commented:

    4/17/20, 1:45 PM - Hi. Appreciate your early TNs on the recent Carlisle releases. Hope you saved a few for future consumption!

Red
2014 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard Napa Valley
4/10/2020 - Hover low 64 Likes this wine:
95 points
They were wrong. A reputable wine mag gave this a 92. It may be the best zin I’ve ever had. As I approach my 100th wine review, I look back and see that I’ve never given a 95 until now. This Hayne Vineyard zin is spectacular. Aromas of dark chocolate and pepper and dark fruit. The enticing scent leads to favors of chocolate, blueberry, black berry, mint, black cherry, and white pepper. I can’t describe the depth and intensity of the fruit, but it’s a powerhouse of flavor. Medium tannins and a long finish. I thank the stars that I have another bottle.
  • rdf58 commented:

    4/12/20, 12:34 PM - Appreciate your note. Big fan of the Hayne Zin from Carlisle. Always impressive. Unfortunate that Mike lost access to the grapes.

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2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch Russian River Valley
After seeing the TN scores (not to mention comments) bounce all over, I was a little concerned about trying my first bottle of the 2016 Papera. No worries, though, and the scores seem to have settled in the 93pt range and this is really good Zin. The acidity is just and there is a distinctive fruit note somewhere between raspberry-strawberry-cherry. Finishes with a touch of oak and spice. Very drinkable and good for several more years, at least
  • rdf58 commented:

    12/9/19, 1:30 PM - Thanks for the feedback. I did see your TNs and all the comments. I was wondering how this one would compare. So far, pretty good experiences with the 2016 Carlisles.

Red
2016 Carlisle Two Acres Russian River Valley Red Rhone Blend
10/15/2019 - rdf58 Likes this wine:
91 points
Ruby red and softer textured than expected. More savory than fruity. Comes across like a high end CdR. Finishes with a hint of creaminess (if that makes any sense!). A nice example to the Two Acres.
  • rdf58 commented:

    10/18/19, 12:05 PM - It is drinking well at this stage but if with only one bottle I'd be tempted to wait a year or so.

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
8/9/2018 - rdf58 Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright and young. Lively acidity and the usual Bedrock aromatics. Red berries and a touch of loamy earthy. Interesting contrast to the slightly riper 2015 Carlisle Pagani.
  • rdf58 commented:

    11/5/18, 12:31 PM - JERB, Thanks for your note. Just lucky timing to have a back to back comparison of the two Pagani Ranch offerings. You can certainly appreciate the differences and similarities in the Carlisle and Bedrock approaches to great fruit.

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2014 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley
6/3/2018 - rdf58 Likes this wine:
94 points
Inky dark purple. Loads of blueberry and dark fruit up front. Full bodied viscosity and ripeness. Surprisingly supple tannins at this stage, especially for the 2014 vintage. Delicious now with lots of upside potential.
  • rdf58 commented:

    6/12/18, 2:28 PM - Thanks. I've been a fan of this PS since the first vintages.

Red
2015 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard Napa Valley
5/10/2018 - rustyRudy Likes this wine:
93 points
Tasting at the winery. Surprisingly approachable now, but I am sure it will be better in several years. The others that I previously purchased are all tucked away. Blackberries and some earthy, mushroom savory notes.
  • rdf58 commented:

    5/22/18, 2:44 PM - RR: Sounds like a great trip to the West Coast. Stops at some of my favorite producers. Appreciate all the tasting notes, including this one.

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2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
1/15/2017 - rama wrote:
This wine is all about minerality, low on fruitiness.

Of the non-single vineyards, my preference is Old Vines > Sonoma County > Dry Creek Valley.
  • rdf58 commented:

    1/20/17, 2:00 PM - Agree with your impression. I think my current order might be Old Vines > Dry Creek Valley > Sonoma County

Red
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Rossi Ranch Sonoma Valley
9/4/2016 - GoBlue2002 Likes this wine:
90 points
So even after 3 hours of decanting, this was still nothing like Mike's winery release note. I found the wine spectator tasting note (rustic tannins) more spot on. This did smooth out & show some aromatic fruit after a couple hours and actually tasted quite nice with a chicken dinner.
We found this structured/firmly tannic with little in the way of aromatics and fruit. My wife, tasting blind, guessed cab blend!
Atypical for a Carlisle zin, although as this is my first Rossi Ranch --perhaps it is characteristic of the vineyard? A good wine, just not what I was in the mood for tonight. This is not a soft easy-drinking velvety zin.
Hold, long decant, and see what we get.
  • rdf58 commented:

    9/7/16, 2:52 PM - Your notes are appreciated. Interesting contrast to my impression from June. Bottle variation? I'll be curious to see what the next one is like.

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2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard Sonoma Valley
9/7/2015 - rdf58 Likes this wine:
92 points
Fairly robust and earthy. Nice juicy acidity with some grippy tannins. Dark fruit in the background. Built to last at least another 5 years. An interesting contrast to the 2012 Carlisle Monte Rosso poured at the same time.
  • rdf58 commented:

    9/10/15, 1:44 PM - Thanks for the feedback - Just an oversight on the Carlisle. I would score them equally. I agree, the Bedrock was showing some restraint with more future potential while the Carlisle was more of an immediate gratification wine (but still ageable).

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