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2011 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(from 118-year-old vines; includes an 8% mix of alicante bouschet, grand noir, petite sirah and carignane; 15.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.5):  Opaque ruby.  Powerful, brooding aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis, dark chocolate and licorice.  Dense and sweet, with a velvety texture, offering strong dark berry and plum preserve flavors brightened by a peppery nuance.  Shows serious concentration and extract on the finish, featuring smooth tannins and a touch of mocha.  This needs some time.  Officer told me that this fruit was picked on October 1, safely ahead of the heavy rains.   

91 Points | Wine Spectator
92-94 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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