LAST CALL for 97 Point Carlisle Fall Releases!

The eagerly awaited Carlisle 2017 Fall Releases are now in stock! Better get yours before they are all gone!

Carlisle 2017 Papera Ranch Zinfandel, Russian River Valley
GGWC 51.99
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Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. An incredibly high-toned, expressive nose of raspberry coulis, briar, and tobacco. You can’t help but smile when smelling this! On the palate, pure silk and grace. Deftly balanced, texturally nearly ethereal, with intense raspberry, blood orange, and briar-like flavors. Ho-hum. Papera knocks it out of the park again. Drink this archetype Russian River Valley Zinfandel from 2020 through 2028.

Winery Notes: “With irrigation available to these vines planted in 1934, this vineyard weathered the Labor Day Weekend heatwave quite well. Even after our aggressive sorting, both in the vineyard and at the winery, we were still able to produce a normal amount of this flagship wine. Picked three times over a two-week period in the second half of September, each lot was cold soaked for five days before being pressed to French oak, an average of 25% new. Unfined. Unfiltered. “

Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “The 2017 Zinfandel Papera Ranch comes from a site close to the Mancini Ranch and vines planted in 1934. Notes of plums, blueberries, violets, and earthy, herbal notes all flow to a full-bodied, incredibly deep, layered and concentrated 2017 that certainly makes the most of the vintage. With ripe tannins, remarkable purity of fruit, no hard edges, and flawless balance, it’s another gem in the vintage.”

Carlisle 2017 Integral Proprietary Red, Russian River Valley
GGWC 49.99
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Medium-dark to dark ruby-purple. Lifted aromas of black olive, smoked game, and spice. Smells quite savory and delicious. Medium-full bodied on the palate, notes of spice and earth weave in and out of the black and blue fruit flavors. Tannins are quite fine at this early stage but with the high percentage of whole cluster and Mourvèdre, this wine is definitely built for aging.  If you plan to drink it now, I highly recommend a good two hour decanting.  Enjoy till 2030, and perhaps even beyond.

Winery Notes: “In the first two vintages of The Integral, 2015 and 2016, we simply combined all the Mourvèdre and Syrah in tank and let ‘er rip. But with our blocks at Radiant Ridge Vineyard, the source for this wine, now in full production, we took a more measured approach in this vintage. Some of the Syrah was fermented as 100% whole-cluster while we cofermented the remaining Syrah and Mourvèdre in various combinations and whole-cluster amounts. In the end, the 100% whole-cluster Syrah made the final blend along with a tank of 50/50 fully de-stemmed Syrah and Mourvèdre, and a tank of 44% Mourvèdre (all whole cluster) and 56% Syrah (fully destemmed). We really dodged a bullet as two days after picking this vineyard, the fires broke out and the vineyard became inaccessible for two weeks. Miraculously, despite burning completely around the vineyard, the property incurred no significant damage. Phew! “

Jeb Dunnuck 94+ Points: “Coming from a single vineyard in the cooler Bennett Valley (although the site is so unique they don’t label this wine as from Bennett Valley), the 2017 The Integral checks in as 62% Syrah and 38% Mourvèdre that had the Syrah mostly destemmed and the Mourvèdre fermented with 100% whole clusters. Deep purple-hued with notes of smoke blue fruits, bloody minerality, charcoal, and graphite, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated, backward, and structured. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and it’s going to keep for over a decade.”

Carlisle 2017 Piner-Olivet Zinfandel Russian River Valley
GGWC 41.99
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Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. Intense aromas of cherry, cactus pear (tuna or higo chumbo in Spanish, I ate a lot of them as a child), pomegranate, and a subtle note of baking spice. Full-bodied but so well-balanced. Flavors of red and black fruits linger in the long and powerful finish. Compared to the ’16, slightly darker in profile yet this offers more immediate enjoyment. Drink this lip-smackin’ Zinfandel from release through 2026.

Winery Notes: Blending is always surprising. You can have two great components for a wine, both worthy of being bottled on their own, but when fully blended together, they do not result in the best wine. As a result, sometimes a portion of a component gets left out. Such was the case when it came to blending our “Big 3” – Carlisle, Papera, and Montafi. Fortunately, the “leftovers” of these three wines melded seamlessly together to create an insanely yummy wine showcasing the terroir of this cool growing area of the Russian River Valley. Twenty-six percent new oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Vinous 94 Points: “The 2017 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches is absolutely gorgeous. Silky and inviting, with lovely creaminess, the Piner-Olivet Ranches has so much to offer. Juicy dark red berry, blood orange, mint, spice and pomegranate infuse a super-expressive Russian River Zinfandel endowed with tremendous class. The 2017 is a blend of fruit from Carlisle, Papera and Montafi, all top sites in their own right. This is one of the highlights in the range.”

Carlisle 2017 Rossi Ranch Zinfandel Sonoma Valley
GGWC 51.99

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Winery Notes: “Medium-dark to dark ruby-purple. A highly perfumed bouquet of smoked meats, mulberry, black olive, and spring flowers. I could sniff this all day! On the palate, medium-full bodied with flavors of black fruits, earth, and savory spice. Finishes quite long with authoritative but polished tannins. I love this wine now for the aromatic fireworks but believe its best lies ahead. Enjoy from 2023 to 2033.”

Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “From a well-known site in Sonoma, the 2017 Zinfandel Rossi Ranch offers ripe blackberry and cherry notes as well as complex ground herbs, underbrush, and earthiness. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and flawlessly balanced, it has fine tannins as well as a great, great finish.”

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