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Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2007

Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • RP92
15.1% ABV
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15.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. Scents of ripe red cherries are mixed with hints of iron and dusty, red earth. Quintessential Dry Creek. Full-bodied on entry but with ample acidity. Not at all fat and ponderous.

Blend: 63% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Teldeschi Ranch) , 30% Dry Creek Zinfandel (Mounts Ranch), 5% Dry Creek Valley Petit Sirah (Del Carlo Ranch), 2% Russian River Valley Carignane (Papera Ranch)

Critical Acclaim

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WS 95
Wine Spectator
This is what great Dry Creek Zinfandel is all about. Sleek, with beautifully pure, focused and complex notes of black cherry, fresh earthy clay and toasty vanilla spice. The flavors build richness and depth on the finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Primarily from the Teldeschi Ranch Vineyard (planted in 1885), the 2007 Zinfandel Dry Creek includes some Petite Sirah and Carignane in the blend. The elegantly-styled 2007 reveals a Burgundian-like, complex bouquet of flowers, red and black fruits, sweet forest floor, and a hint of spice. Medium to full-bodied, pure, and lively, it should drink nicely for 4-5 years.
Rating: (90-92)
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Carlisle

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Carlisle, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
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Carlisle is a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the production of old-vine, vineyard designated Zinfandels and red Rhone varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah). They have also recently added their first whites, two blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County's first ever Grüner Veltliner. While they like their wines to be bold, rich, and intensely flavored, each reflecting a sense of place, its origins in the vineyard, they also strive to create wines of balance, complexity, and perhaps most importantly, pleasure.

Carlisle's goal is always the same - grow and source outstanding fruit, do as little as possible to it, and bottle outstanding, pleasurable wine at the fairest price possible.

Dry Creek Valley

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A multifaceted and highly reputable sub-region of Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley is responsible for a wide range of wine styles—both red and white. One of the smallest AVAs in California, Dry Creek Valley has a winning combination of ideal geography and climate. Fertile, well-drained soils create concentrated varietal character while long, warm days, bookended by cool nights, allow grapes to reach full phenolic ripeness and balance. The warm and welcoming appellation is home to a number of family-owned vineyards and wineries that place a strong emphasis on sustainable farming practices.

Zinfandel reigns supreme here and still produces in a great number of very old vineyards—often 100 years old or older. These old vines create a powerful, voluptuous and sultry wine unlike those of any other region. Sauvignon Blanc, the valley’s signature white grape, also performs exceptionally well. Many other varieties grow comfortably here, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah. Petite Sirah is often found in blends with Zinfandel.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

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