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2012 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (750ml - Full Bottle)

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WA 93-95
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Vintage 2012
Varietal Zinfandel
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Another knock-out offering is the 2012 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch, a blend of 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks (Alicante Bouchet, Grand Noir, Peloursin, Aubun, Trousseau and a handful of others). Very rich with a seamless, full-bodied style, this wine is loaded with black and red fruits, spice and subtle oak in addition to well-integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol. This big, voluptuously-textured, full-throttle Zin should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Winery Notes
Winery Notes:
Tasting Note: Medium-dark to dark ruby-red. Powerful, penetrating aromas of black raspberry, blood orange, bay leaf, and earth emerge from the glass. Quite concentrated and palate-coating. Red and black berry flavors are enhanced by tangy acidity and supple tannins. A less nervy, more voluptuous wine than the 2011. Optimum drinking for this “grand cru” Zinfandel should be from late 2014 through 2022.
Winery Notes
Winery Notes:
Montafi Ranch, planted in 1926, excelled in this vintage, providing both quality and quantity. Well, most growers would not consider two tons to the acre as “quantity” but in the world of old vines, that’s cause for celebration! Being a relatively small vineyard (our portion is just under seven acres), I was able to perform what we call the “Gucci Pass” in this vintage. Basically, the Gucci Pass consists of me inspecting every cluster on every vine. I remove anything I don’t like the looks of – second crop, wings, primary clusters that are behind or poorly positioned, even individual berries that look funky. The goal is to make each vine as perfect as possible going into the home stretch. It’s backbreaking labor, especially for someone tall like I (some of the vines are barely a foot off the ground) but the results are well worth it. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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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
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