Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

2011 Carlisle Zinfandel Hayne 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 . Expect to see a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Montecillo Vinyard and a Russian River…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (5/21/18)

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. Alder Yarrow reviews the 2016 Ridge Vineyards “Benito Dusi Ranch” Zinfandel. D Magazine writes What to Drink Now: Summer Zinfandel. The Pour Man writes 15 Zinfandels to Drink with…

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Cellar Management

Pick My Next Bottle – 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel

The February installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Old Vine Zinfandel from the the 2013 vintage. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar. The winning bottle will be opened on Saturday and a Bottle Note will be published…

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Cellar Management

Prioritizing the Carlisle Mailer

With the arrival yesterday of the Carlisle mailer so began the semi-annual struggle of deciding what wines to buy from one of my very favorite producers. This mailer, with 13 different wines, included two whites, two Syrahs, a Petite Sirah and 8 different Zinfandels. What makes this particular mailer somewhat unique is it is the last vintage for a couple…

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Random Musings

The Week in Zinfandel (4/6/15)

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! Cliff’s Wine Picks reviews the 2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County. The Wines of Lodi, CA writes The Mokelumne Viticultural Area. Rockin Red Blog writes Zinfandel Rising. W.…

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2003 & 2010 Turley Zinfandel tasting
Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

A Tale of Two Turleys

A recent article by Talia Baiocchi in the San Francisco Chronicle, Zinfandel Finds an Elegant Balance, commented on a trend towards more “claret” style Zinfandels that were thought to be a relic of the 1970’s, 80’s and early 90’s. The claret style championed by producers like Ridge and Ravenswood featured wines with bright fruit flavors that were relatively low in…

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