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2009 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(includes 7% petite sirah):  Glass-staining ruby.  Sexy aromas of candied dark berries, dried flowers, incense and cola.  Broad, expansive and sweet, offering lush blackcurrant and mulberry flavors and an exotic note of candied rose.  Shows noteworthy depth but has impressive energy as well, finishing with strong spiciness and mineral cut.  There's a lot going on here already.  About two-thirds of the vines are over a century old, according to Officer.  The alcohol level here is 15.5% but I don't detect any excess heat.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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Zinfandel

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