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2011 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (750ml - Full Bottle)

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Vintage 2011
Varietal Zinfandel
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Reviews

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Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Antonio Galloni - Proprietor Mike Officer arrived with a bevy of wines for our tasting, all of which I was thrilled to sample. Readers who don’t think terroir exists in California should check out the Carlisle Zinfandels and Syrahs, many of which emerge from old-vine, heritage sites that nearly disappeared until Officer and some of his peers rescued them from the brink of oblivion. In particular, the 2011 Zinfandels are fabulous. Officer describes 2011 as a very late harvest. The Syrahs were all picked after the rains, while the thinner-skinned Zinfandels naturally came in quite a bit earlier. Officer told me he performed a severe selection of fruit that took with it a full 50% of the production. For his efforts, Officer has been rewarded with a set of gorgeous wines, although I imagine his faithful clientele won’t be too thrilled with the lower production levels of these wines, given their already minuscule production. Unfortunately, 2011 Compagni Portis and Gruner Veltliner were to be bottled right after this tasting, so I will have to wait until another opportunity to sample those wines. Carlisle is resolute in keeping his wines affordable, a commendable approach I wish were more common throughout California.
 
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Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Antonio Galloni - The 2011 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch is all about plushness. Mint, tobacco, new leather and licorice add complexity to the deep, resonant fruit. This is one of the more straightforward 2011s and has a bit less textural elegance than is found throughout the range. The tannins are firm and also a bit rough around the edges, at least today. The 2011 is roughly 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks from vines planted in 1926. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
 
Winery Notes
Winery Notes:
It’s amazing to think that the fruit from these now 85 year-old vines used to be used for white Zinfandel. It’s even more amazing to think that this vineyard was nearly ripped out a few years ago! Of all the Zinfandel vineyards with which we work, none so often provides us with as perfectly balanced fruit as Montafi. Indeed, in 2011, it was simply a matter of picking, destemming, letting it ferment on its own, and barreling down until bottling. No adjustments needed. It doesn’t get much simpler. As usual, bottled unfined and unfiltered.
 
Winery Notes
Winery Notes:
Medium-dark red-purple. A very deep, brooding nose of blackberry, black raspberry, and earth with just a slight suggestion of eucalyptus. On the palate, tremendous purity with flavors of black fruits, orange, and spice. A very serious Zinfandel with the acidity and tannin to ensure a very long life. Best bet for enjoying this wine is 2016 through 2024.
 

Additional Information

Varietal :
Zinfandel
Berrys and spice and everything nice – that's how Zinfandel fans describe wines made from this red wine grape. Often considered a cousin to the Italian Primitivo grape, it can be light and fruit like French Beaujolais, complex and age-worthy like Cabernet, or ripe, alcoholic and reminiscent of Port. Zinfandel is considered the All-American grape, likely because it is hardly found elsewhere… and possibly because it pairs so well with barbecue! View all our additional Zinfandel items
Region :
California
Since the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976 California wines have unquestionably ranked among the best in the world. From the Anderson Valley in the North through Temecula Valley in the South, California vineyards grow dozens of wine grape varietals that produce wines of many different styles. The California wine industry has steadily gained ground since the 1960s (the industry took a major hit following Prohibition), but its roots date back over 200 years. Major grape varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. View all our items from California