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2011 Carlisle Winery Two Acres Red Wine Russian River Valley

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

(made only from old vines mourvedre and syrah this vintage, as all of the other varieties planted in this vineyard either failed to ripen or rotted; 12.5% alcohol):  Bright ruby.  Spicy red berries and cherry on the nose, with lively mineral and floral notes adding vivacity.  Lithe and precise on the palate, offering smoke-accented black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that take on weight with air.  Finishes brisk and clean, with late-arriving tannins and an echo of peppery spices. 

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A sparsely planted variety found predominantly in the southern Rhone, Provence, and elsewhere near the Mediterranean coast, Mourvedre is best known for its place in powerful game and earth-scented reds. One is mostly likely to encounter the grape in wines from the southern Rhone. Here, Mourvedre takes its place blended with...
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