2014 Russian River Valley "Carlisle Vineyard" Zinfandel
13% Mixed Black and White Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, Peloursin, Trousseau noir, Tempranillo, Muscadelle, Malvasia, Muscat, and 30 other varieties)
It appears that our efforts to rejuvenate this 89-year-old vineyard are paying off. Yields have increased in the last several years to a modest 2.4 tons to the acre. That’s much better than the .5 to .8 tons per acre we were getting 10 years ago! But despite the increase in yields, the fruit is ripening more evenly and earlier, all indicators of improved vine health. This was an incredibly easy wine to make with no adjustments required. It was just a matter of getting the fruit into tank and then letting Mother Nature do the rest. Twenty-two percent new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
A classic “Carlisle nose” of mint tea, iron, and crushed dark berries, including mulberry which has always been a hallmark of this vineyard. The palate is rich, expansive and savory. The fresh berry notes mirror those on the nose, bringing black raspberry, boysenberry and Mirabelle plum to the party. The finish is accented with Asian spices and a cocoa powder texture that is ultimately refreshed by the natural acidity of the wine. Another stunner from this fine old lady. Drink 2019 – 2030. (JCM – 07/18/16)