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2005 Carlisle Tom Feeney Ranch Zinfandel

Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

91Wine Spectator

Dense and concentrated, with blueberry and licorice aromas and deep blackberry, black pepper and tar flavors that finish with slightly earthy yet firm and well-structured tannins.

90-93Robert M. Parker Jr.

Possesses crisp acidity along with dark cherry and black raspberry fruit, pepper, and Provencal herbs.

90+ Vinous / IWC

Smoky cherry and plum compote aromas with complicating notes of smoked meat, licorice and espresso. Dense and chewy, with powerful bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and an exotic hint of cocoa powder. Really muscular right now...

REGION

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.

TYPE

Red Wine, Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape, but 85% of the wine produced is made into a rosy “White Zinfandel.” Red Zin is far more complex and bold, while still being light-bodied. It grows in popularity as winemakers continue to experiment with new styles and blends.