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2016 Carlisle Two Acres Red Wine

ITEM 7969379 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
brhar8 $36 $36
nicva6 $36 $0
Item Sold Amount Date
I7969379 1 $36 Oct 3, 2021
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94Jeb Dunnuck

...great nose of blackberry fruits, peppery herbs, earth, and hints of crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, concentrated, and impeccably balanced...

93Wine Spectator

Distinctive, with smoky, gamy undertones and personality-rich flavors of dried cherry, cardamom and savory black pepper.

92The Wine Advocate

...subtle earth and tar aromas with hints of smoked meats and chargrill over a core of fresh blackberries and black plums. Full-bodied, taut and muscular, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy.

91Wine Enthusiast

...perfumed, earthy and uniquely exotic blend... Thick and concentrated in cherry cola and cinnamon, it finds a way to exhibit black pepper and meat as well.

89-92Vinous / IWC, juicy red... Powerful and deep, if a touch rough around the edges, the 2016 packs a good bit of punch.



Carlisle Winery is owned by Mike Officer, a former software developer and home winemaker, and his wife Kendall. Based on their success making up to 300 cases of mostly Zinfandels at home, they launched a commercial winery in 1998 in Sonoma County. Jay Maddox, an old friend of the Officers and graduate of the U.C. Davis winemaking program, was brought on as the winemaker. Today the winery is known for its limited production Zinfandels, Syrahs and Petite Sirahs. Grapes are sourced from vineyards in Sonoma County, and more recently, Paso Robles on the Central Coast of California. About 5,000 cases are produced annually. Robert M. Parker Jr. calls Carlisle’s wines “stunningly rich, opulent, intensely flavorful. Loaded with soul and personality…”


United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.