Carlisle Papa's Block Syrah 2010

Carlisle Papa's Block Syrah 2010


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Very dark purple garnet. Verging on opaque. A fabulous sniff of blackberry compote, black and green pepper, and spring flowers. An intriguing element of green olive lurks in the background, most likely from the whole cluster inclusion. On the palate, pure silk with an explosion of blackberry fruit. So delicious now that we see no reason to wait. Dive right in! The water's fine!
Category Red Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Carlisle
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Syrah Papa's Block hits the palate with layers of dark fruit. Wonderfully vivid and alive for a wine of its size, the 2010 is absolutely compelling from the first taste. The addition of 33% whole clusters, along with a dollop of Mourvedre and Viognier, gives the 2010 an element of lift that is rare for such a big wine. A huge, concentrated wine, the 2010 is compelling today, but I imagine it will be even better in another few years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.

Antonio Galloni, April 24, 2013
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorTightly wound, firm, dense and focused, with a classic mix of mocha-laced dark and dried berry flavors, acidity and tannins. Most satisfying on the finish, where the flavors persist. Drink now through 2024. 410 cases made.

James Laube, October 15, 2012
  • st93

International Wine CellarInky ruby. Wild, heady bouquet evokes candied dark berries, potpourri, sandalwood and olive tapenade. Lush, palate-staining blueberry and mulberry flavors show outstanding clarity and intensity, with sexy floral pastille and spicecake nuances building with air. Packs a very serious punch but possesses unlikely vivacity and finishes long and sappy, with strong spicy cut. By the standards of high-end syrah, from anywhere, this is a remarkable value. There are also 567 cases to go around. $45

Stephen Tanzer, June 13, 2013