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2011 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard Mendocino Ridge
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(this is the first zinfandel bottling from Mendocino for Carlisle, sourced from a site planted in 1920; harvested on November 2 at 24.6 Brix; bottled at 15.1% alcohol and a very low pH of 3.05):  Opaque ruby.   An exotically perfumed nose evokes fresh red and dark berries, cola and peppery spices, with subtle earth and lavender nuances adding complexity.  Sappy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by a tangy note of blood orange and show excellent clarity.  Appealingly bright and lively, finishing with silky tannins and lingering florality. 

92 Points | Wine Spectator
92-94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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