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2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner.

Bedrock Vineyard, formerly known as Madrone Ranch, was first planted in 1854. Senator George Hearst purchased the property in 1888 and planted most of the vines that exist to this day. Located in the Sonoma Valley the vineyard is a fruit source for Ravenswood, Carlisle and Bedrock.

Maroon in color. 15.8% ABV. Gorgeous nose of bright red fruits, peach cobbler and flowers. Medium body with juicy acidity. Fresh, restrained and remarkably well balanced. Raspberry, salmonberry, pepper and a hint of cream on the palate. Medium length on the finish. Lighter in style than I am accustomed to from Carlisle but delicious nonetheless. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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Top 10 Zinfandels Tasted in 2017

It is the time of the year where every wine blogger publishes their lists of Wines of the Year or Values of the Year, etc. Although I try to blog about all the wines I taste it is clear that Zinfandel is definitely my grape of choice. With that in mind here are my top 10 Zinfandels of 2017 and my rating for each.

The link for each wine will take you to the detailed Bottle Note on Zinfandel Chronicles. All of the older wines were stored in my cellar since release. Wines 3-10 all received 94 points and are not listed in any particular order. This is the 4th version of my Top 10 Zinfandel list.

  1. 2009 Turley Zinfandel Pesenti Vineyard – 96 points.
  2. 2015 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 95 points.
  3. 2013 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard – 94 points.
  4. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch – 94 points.
  5. 2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Belle du Jour Vineyard – 94 points.
  6. 2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Saitone Ranch – 94 points.
  7. 2011 Ravenswood Zinfandel Old Hill Ranch Vineyard – 94 points.
  8. 2008 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch – 94 points.
  9. 2015 Wonderment Wines Zinfandel Bacigalupi Vineyard – 94 points
  10. 2009 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Papera Ranch – 94 points.

A few observations after compiling the list:

  • Matthiasson, Ravenswood and Bucklin all cracked the list for the first time going back to 2014.
  • Carlisle, Williams Selyem and Turley are the only wineries represented in each list since 2014.
  • 2013 looks to be shaping up as an exceptional year for Zinfandel.
  • 2011 might be better than many critics thought.
  • Montafi Ranch (Belle du Jour Vineyard) is my second favorite old vine Zinfandel Vineyard behind Papera Ranch.
  • Old Hill Ranch Vineyard might be my third favorite vineyard behind Papera and Montafi

Last year’s list can be found here.

What was the best Zinfandel you opened this year?

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2009 Carlisle Syrah Cardiac Hill – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also recently added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner.

Cardiac Hill Vineyard, in the Bennett Valley, runs on a very steep hillside at an elevation ranging from 500 to 900 feet hence the peculiar but appropriate name.

Violet in color. 14.2% ABV. Savory nose of black fruits, olive brine, smoked meats and violets. Full bodied with gobs of acidity. Big, bold and extremely complex. Blackberry liqueur, coffee, blood and white pepper on the palate. The finish is long with subtle tannins. This Syrah would be a tremendous ringer in a Northern Rhone tasting. Drink over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (9/4/17)

Welcome to the latest installment of The Week in Zinfandel. If I missed your post or story please send me a link and I will be sure to include it next week. Cheers!

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2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also recently added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner.

Violet in color. A touch cloudy. 15.9% ABV. A fifty fifty blend of Carlisle Vineyard and Montafi Vineyard after both were ravaged by the heat spike in 2010. Scrumptious nose of red and black fruits, flowers and white pepper. Full bodied with exquisite acidity. The balance is noteworthy. Plush and juicy. Raspberry compote, black cherry and more pepper on the palate. Well made Zinfandel from a grueling vintage. Drink over the next few years.

My rating: 92 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2017 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (8/7/17)

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2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Saitone Ranch – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also recently added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner.

Saitone Ranch is situated in the Russian River Valley on the east side of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain and was planted in 1895.

Maroon in color. 15% ABV. Stunning nose of red and blue fruits, licorice and a hint of peach. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Exceptional balance and tremendous purity of fruit. Raspberry liqueur, blueberries and pepper on the palate. The finish is long, plush and spicy. This was the first vintage of Saitone Ranch from Mike Officer. What a treat! Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (6/19/17)

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2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard – Bottle Notes

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . They have also recently added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County’s first ever Grüner Veltliner.

Carlisle Vineyard was planted in 1927 by Alcide Pelletti on the eastern bench of the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain in the Russian River Valley.

Crimson in color. 15.2% ABV. Sublime nose of red and blue fruits, pepper and a hint of peach. Full bodied and bursting with acidity. Plush, opulent and so very smooth on the palate. Exceptional balance. Raspberries, boysenberries and Asian spices on the palate. The wine finishes strong. Glorious Zinfandel from one of the top old vine vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 94 points.

Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.

I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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The Week in Zinfandel (3/13/17)

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