Carlisle has always been one of those coveted wineries, so I always get excited when Mike Officer (owner/winemaker) allocates me some of his much sought after wine!

Everyone is on the Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot, anti Merlot, etc trail so that we have forgotten how good Zinfandel can be. In a recent blind tasting (one of my first tastings with my group since Covid shut us down too). It was a funny sight — we were in my backyard with 11 people, we had 3 tables and we all kept plenty of distance so we could safely “taste & spit!”

After tasting through 10 Zinfandels (2018 vintage) the BIG WINNER (8 first place votes) was CARLISLE 2018 PAPERA RANCH.

Carlisle 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch
GGWC 52.99

Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: ”A bigger, richer effort based on 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan from a site in the Russian River, the 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch offers a meaty, powerful bouquet of black cherries, red plums, Asian spices, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, beautifully textured, opulent Zinfandel that has ripe tannins as well as the seamless, silky style of the vintage. It’s beautifully done.”

Vinous 95 Points: “The 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch captures all the exuberance of Russian River Valley. Succulent dark cherry, plum, spice, new leather and cedar build in a sumptuous, creamy Zinfandel that is showing so well today. Bright red toned fruit and sweet floral notes saturate the finish effortlessly. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well with minimal cellaring.”

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