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2012 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Sonoma County
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(made from fruit grown in seven different vineyards; includes some petite sirah, syrah, alicante, grand noir, petite bouschet and other mixed blacks):  Vivid ruby.  Emphatically fruity nose displays scents of ripe boysenberry, plum and cherry, with a touch of dried rose adding complexity.  On the palate, silky dark berry and floral pastille flavors put on weight with air.  Finishes on a mocha note, with gripping tannins adding structure.  As usual, this bottling delivers outstanding value.

93-95 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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