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2013 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (750ml - Full Bottle)

2013 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (750ml)

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Vintage 2013
Varietal Zinfandel
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Region Sonoma County
Subregion Russian River Valley
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Wine Spectator
What Sonoma Zinfandel is all about, capturing a distinctive vineyard in a glass. Black raspberry, fresh cracked pepper and orange zest aromas combine with complex, well-modulated flavors of licorice, blackberry and dried sage. Drink now through 2028. 697 cases made.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The personality-filled Michael Officer and his beloved Carlisle Winery & Vineyards continues to turn out a gorgeous portfolio of exuberant, lovingly made, stunningly fruity and outright beautiful wines from historic vineyards and iconic grapes that, until the last generation or so, had tended to be forgotten in the early days of California winedom, after the repeal of Prohibition. Of course, that’s no longer the case, and thanks to people such as Larry Turley in Napa and Morgan Twain-Peterson, Mike Officer and Don Hartford – all Sonoma County vignerons – the preservation and exploitation of great, old-vine, dry-farmed, head-pruned vineyards is assured.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2013 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, from the home vineyard planted in 1927 by another Italian immigrant, is a 701-case cuvée tipping the scales at 15.3% alcohol. The wine is 87% Zinfandel and 13% mixed black and white varietals. (Mike Officer has 30 different varietals planted in this vineyard.) Only about 20% new French oak is used, and the wine bottled unfined and unfiltered. Loads of black raspberry, kirsch liqueur, lavender, licorice and subtle earthy notes are all present in this multidimensional, full-bodied, gloriously decadent and tasty Zinfandel. Drink it over the next decade.

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