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2004 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2006

($33; 25% petite sirah adds structure to this fat, low-acid zin) Deep ruby-red. Strong black cherry aroma along with cassis and licorice. Sweet, sappy and fruit-driven; classic brambly Dry Creek zin combining black fruits, licorice and loamy earth and conveying an impression of density and inner-palate energy. Finishes thick, sappy and peppery. Most of these vines were planted in 1954 and 1885, according to Officer.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Zinfandel is not the rage it was in the 1980s and early 1990s, as there are now too many wines made from overripe fruit or from young vines, or overwhelmed by excessive use of new barrels. Today's Zin styles range from elegant, taut, and claret-like midweights to superripe and potty behemoths, with off-the-charts...
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