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2010 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Old Vines Russian River Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(15.9% alcohol):  Glass-staining purple.  High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, allspice and lavender, with a smoky topnote.  Offers an array of intense black and blue fruit flavor, along with a suave gingerbread nuance.  Bright and spicy on the finish, which leaves a sweet floral pastille note behind.  All of the fruit that would normally make up the Carlise Vineyard and Montafi Ranch bottlings was blended to make this wine.

92 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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