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2017 Carlisle James Berry Vineyard Syrah

ITEM 8093356 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
Bordeaux… $47 $47
barramh $47 $0
Item Sold Amount Date
I8268909 1 $45 Jun 12, 2022
I8093356 1 $47 Jan 23, 2022
I8067448 2 $45 Jan 16, 2022
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94Jeb Dunnuck

Beautiful notes of blue fruits, kirsch, crushed violets, and white pepper all dominate the bouquet. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with good concentration, it has a silky, elegant texture, fine tannins, and a great finish.

93The Wine Advocate

...dried violets, chocolate, olive, cured meats, woodsmoke and peppercorn with baked blackberries, black cherries, red fruit sparks, iron and exotic spices...medium to full-bodied and offers loads and loads of flavor layers...firm, chewy tannins and great freshness on the long, mineral-driven finish.

93Wine Spectator

Pairs subtle power with polish, offering expressive blackberry, smoked meat and minerally white pepper accents that build tension toward refined tannins.

92-95Vinous / IWC

Mike Smith has chosen to pick this fruit at a level of ripeness that conveys freshness, aromatic intensity and purity, all of which complement the natural richness of the vineyard beautifully...a wine of real personality and character.



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, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.