Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2008 Front Label
Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2008 Front Label

Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2008

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750ML / 15.4% ABV
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750ML / 15.4% ABV

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#19 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Medium-dark to dark ruby-purple. Alluring aromas of raspberry, citrus, cherry pit, and fraises des bois. On the palate, full-bodied but amazingly precise and focused with flavors of cherry, pomegranate, and marzipan. There's both balance and intensity here that can only come from old vines carefully farmed. Ample acidity in the finish dictates this wine will age well. Drink from release through 2018.

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Shows incredible length, texture and structure, arriving with distinctive aromas of ripe raspberry and white pepper and finishing with complex flavors of huckleberry and loamy brown spices and fleshy tannins. Drink now through 2016. 349 cases made.
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Carlisle, California
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Carlisle is a small “Mom n’ Pop” Sonoma County winery specializing in the production of old-vine, vineyard designated Zinfandels and red Rhône varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah). They also produce three delicious white wines, two of which are blends from historic, old-vine vineyards plus Sonoma County's first ever Grüner Veltliner.

While Carlisle likes their wines to be bold and intensely flavored, each reflecting its vintage and vineyard, they also strive to create wines of balance, complexity, and nuance.

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

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.

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