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2012 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2014

(88% zin, the rest made up of at least 39 other varieties; 15.4% alcohol):  Opaque ruby.  Vibrant, mineral-driven aromas of red and dark berries and potpourri, with an exotic touch of blood orange emerging with aeration.  Offers spicy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that put on weight with air while maintaining vivacity and focus.  Shows unlikely finesse for its heft, finishing with excellent clarity and length and gentle tannic grip.

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Zinfandel

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