Original
5 Ratings
Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

Wine Details

Varietal

Zinfandel

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2005 Vintage) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:  90 points

(2005 Vintage) Deep ruby. 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...

(2005 Vintage) There is never any doubt about where the Carlisle folks stand on the high alcohol debate that is all the rage in wine circles these days. This batch of bottlings is about as concentrated as it gets, ...

Expert Reviews
  • Robert Parker
    (2005 Vintage) "The finest wine in this vintage is the stunningly rich 2005 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (86% Zinfandel and 14% mixed varietals such as Alicante Bouchet, Petite Sirah, etc.). The densest, richest cuvee, it shows striking minerality intermixed with blackberries, black raspberries, kirsch, pepper, and spice. There are 272 cases of this pure, full-bodied, intense Zinfandel. It is a candidate for Zinfandel of the year in this tricky vintage. Readers should not hesitate to get on Carlisle's mailing li...