2009 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill


  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Bennett Valley
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  • mac-eye Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 12, 2019 - A really beautiful bottle of syrah. An earlier vintage of this is what showed me how great California syrahs can be. This bottle is better than the last one I reviewed, which I commented was past its prime. This one is still going strong and will likely keep well for at least a few more years, even if it might have been better a couple of years ago. Perfectly balanced and a real pleasure to drink!

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  • vineinabottle wrote: 89 points

    June 11, 2019 - Decanted 30 minutes.

    Deep ruby, throwing lots of sediment and clear to hazy visually.

    Initially nice black fruit, though somewhat cooked or mulled, turned quickly to quite subdued on the nose throwing a bit of orange into the mix, weird, but eventually lots of olive.

    On the palate a little flat, sediment making its mark in adding a grittiness, which while not off putting not helping it’s cause completely. The weight was a little lighter then expected. Overall for about a 10 year journey, now a good wine, may have shown better 3-5 years ago.

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  • mac-eye Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 29, 2019 - A bit over the hill, hence 92. Would have been 93 at least when at peak age. Very nice syrah indeed!

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  • night train Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 22, 2018 - Better than a bottle just six weeks ago, possibly in comparison to other wines at the table and possibly because it was served with appropriate food (Thanksgiving turkey). Whatever the reason, it was WOTN, tasting and smelling more like something from the Rhone Valley than the Gigondas and two CdPs that were also served. Very nice, but I still think it's fast approaching time to drink up.

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  • Big Dog wrote: 89 points

    November 13, 2018 - One of the bottles I got back after Bill Holder of Safe Wine Storage stole the majority of my collection. I would drink this sooner rather than later as it is in the down slope IMO. Wine was soft, not much tannin left and the fruit is starting to fade away.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Carlisle
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Cardiac Hill
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Bennett Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (1%)
  • In Cellars 553 (38%)
  • Consumed 881 (61%)

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