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2012 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (750ml - Full Bottle)

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Vintage 2012
Varietal Zinfandel
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Region Sonoma County
Subregion Russian River Valley
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Carlisle Winery’s Mike Officer and his wife are one of the wonderful stories in the wine world. Going from a part-time home winemaker, to turning out some of his beloved Zinfandels, to becoming one of the two or three leading guardians of old vine Zinfandel in Northern California, Mike Officer was so good at making wine that he changed careers and wine consumers are the beneficiaries. The single vineyard Zins are absolutely remarkable. Everyone who loves Zinfandel should be on Carlisle’s mailing list, the wines are primarily available only from the winery.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
From Mike Officer’s own vineyard, the 2012 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is a 639-case blend of 88% Zinfandel and 12% mixed blacks as well as a handful of white grapes (Muscadelle and Malvasia to name two). It came in at 15.4% alcohol, and the vineyard was planted in 1927. Yields were ridiculously low at 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, which is the glory of these old Zinfandel sites. Dense black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with spicy oak, an evolved, delicious, perfectly balanced mouthfeel, and full body, depth, richness and accessibility suggest this beauty should drink nicely for a minimum of 5-8 years.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
One of the more exotic wines in the range, the Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is captivating from the very first taste. Orange peel, juniper berries and sandalwood all add complexity as the wine opens up in the glass. Here, too, the wine seems to change with every passing minute, revealing multiple shades of dimension over time. The deep, layered finish is incredibly inviting.

Additional Information

Varietal :
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
Sub-Region :
Russian River Valley

Within Sonoma County, there lies a valley with an incredibly rich history. The Russian River Valley derives its name from Russian settlers who moved to northern Sonoma Valley around 1812 to hunt sea otters for furs, as well as develop an agricultural foothold in order to send supplies to additional Russian settlers in Alaska. It did not take long for viticulture to follow, with vineyards being well established by the 1870's -- when The Santa Rosa Wine Company was opened for business -- making this valley one of the oldest wine producing regions in California. The region took a major hit in production during Prohibition, and many vineyards closed their doors and tore up their vines until the region saw a resurgence in growth in the 1960's. 

Russian River Valley achieved American Viticultural Area status in 1983, and was enlarged in 2005. The region benefits from a cooler climate than most of Sonoma, and produces stellar, terroir driven wines with bright, focused fruit and a beautiful, silken texture. Russian River Valley's claim to fame lies with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, although some producers are seeing success with Syrah, Zinfandel, and Gewurtztraminer.

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Region :
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