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2012 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Montafi Ranch Russian River Valley
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(includes 11% mixed blacks; 15.4% alcohol):  Inky purple.  Sexy, deeply pitched dark fruit liqueur, floral pastille and pit fruit aromas show superb clarity and power, with a spicy element adding lift.  Smooth and voluptuous in character, offering intense blueberry and boysenberry flavors that coat the palate while maintaining a sense of vibrancy.  Finishes sweet and long, with velvety tannins providing gentle grip and shape.  Borders on decadent, in a good way.

93-95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Zinfandel

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