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2016 Carlisle Piner-Olivet Ranches Zinfandel

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May 12, 2024 - $36

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RATINGS

96Wine Enthusiast

... Hugely aromatic in fresh strawberry, cherry cola and tart fresh slices of citrus, it's a lovely cuveé of tremendous balance and beauty.

93Wine Spectator

Expressive and zesty, yet refined, with floral raspberry and blueberry flavors accented by spicy cinnamon, licorice and stony mineral notes.

93Jeb Dunnuck

... Outstanding notes of cassis, spice box, plums, earth, and violets all give way to a plump, seamless blend that has lots of ripeness as well as charm...balanced... This beauty has a distinctly umami character that keeps you coming back to the glass.

91-94Vinous / IWC

... The interplay of rich fruit and bright, salivating acidity is compelling. Deceptively medium in body...packs a serious punch. Raspberry, blood orange and mint are all beautifully articulated in this very pretty, spirited Zinfandel. This is an absolutely gorgeous wine from Carlisle...

PRODUCER

Carlisle

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…”

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.