Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2009

Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2009



Medium-dark to dark violet-ruby. Heady aromas of mulberry, raspberry, brier, pepper, and incense spill from the glass. Serious stuff! The wine glides smoothly across the palate with lively acidity giving delineation to the bright raspberry and Asian spice flavors. Amazingly well balanced for such a powerful wine. Carlisle Vineyard always seems to produce a wine that benefits from at least several years of aging. This rendition is no exception. Drink from 2013 through 2020.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Carlisle
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 2009 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard shows gorgeous purity in its freshly cut roses, sweet red cherries, tobacco, leather and sweet herbs. Here the profile tends towards the redder end of the spectrum. This cooler site within the Russian River yields wines with bright acidity and plenty of freshness. The vines were originally planted in 1927, with 93% Zinfandel and roughly 7% other red varieties. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.

Robert Parker, February 2012
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorDense and brooding, with floral boysenberry and licorice aromas and deep, layered flavors of tart blueberry, fresh sage and mineral. Tannins are big but ripe. Needs time. Best from 2013 through 2017. 748 cases made.

Tim Fish, February 29, 2012