Red

2012 Carlisle Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard

Zinfandel

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 57

  • joet626 Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 8, 2018 - Fruity and smooth. Easy to drink. VG

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • bound4er Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 7, 2018 - Really nice showing - juicy, mineral-driven bright red fruit profile with plenty of acidity to keep this lively and refreshing. Seems to be drinking well - probably polish off my last bottle over Christmas. My kind of Zin.

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  • Jahull03 wrote:

    August 21, 2018 - Awesome and in a good spot now. While remaining medium-bodied, this has an epic darkness, even a tarry edge, which echoes Carlisle syrahs I’ve been enjoying young recently. At the same time, I get the telltale orange oil signature from bedrock vineyard, very nice acidity and the brightness of zin fruit. All at once a wine with both a sense of place and maker. Really fun and enjoyable.

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  • spicy1 wrote: 88 points

    July 21, 2018 - This was great on night one but on two and three there was a medicinal/alcohol taste on the roof of my mouth that took away from the rest. Not sure what that is about.

  • CamraMaan wrote: 93 points

    April 15, 2018 - This was a wine of two sides and faces, the first night, where it probably earned a 91, and two nights later after sitting in the fridge, where it really opened up, lined up, hit its stride and punched a smile onto my face! It was close to great on the first night, but I didn't really expect it to improve like this after two nights in the fridge, where my vote is now a 93. Most of my following comments reflect the wine on day 3, unless otherwise noted.

    It was consistently lacking any heat, revealing a real solid fruit structure, without the fruit bomb sweetness. Pomegranate, a mixture of red and black fruit profiles, tannins abound, but in balance with the fruit, resolved enough to barely dry your tongue, but still let you know they're there.

    On a "big wine" scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 6 or 7, as it has some punch and structure, and with the low acidity it hits you right away, and lingers a solid 10-15 seconds. As an example of the low heat, with most "normal" wine if you hold some in your mouth it'll start to "burn" your mouth a little, but this wine doesn't. It tickles like it might start to, but it never does... and that was both on the PnP, as well as on day 3.

    I would honestly recommend opening a bottle a couple days ahead of intended drinking time, pour out a glass that you pour back in, and then recork the bottle for a couple days. It's that much better, and it's good enough to want the whole bottle that way, not just the last glass... :)

    Or, sit on your bottles and let them ripen with time, as these are still a bit out of balance, if even still pretty good at the same time, but the potential is high enough to warrant holding. I have two more bottles, and hopefully I have the willpower to wait 3-4 years before I crack another one, but if I don't, and I open one sooner, it'll be well planned out ahead of time so it can sit open for a couple days before I drink it.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Carlisle
  • Varietal Zinfandel
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Bedrock Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 8 (1%)
  • In Cellars 463 (46%)
  • Consumed 546 (54%)

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