Carlisle Syrah Russian River Valley Papa's Block 2005 Front Label
Carlisle Syrah Russian River Valley Papa's Block 2005 Front Label

Carlisle Syrah Russian River Valley Papa's Block 2005

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750ML / 15.2% ABV
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750ML / 15.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Opaque inky-purple. A pure and expressive nose of cassis, blackberry, green olive, and Asian Five-Spice. Reminds one of walking into Pier One Imports as a kid. All those exotic wood and incense smells! A full and rich entry leads to a tannic but long finish. Like the Cardiac Hill, this wine should age quite well.

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The black/purple-colored 2005 Syrah Papa’s Block offers loads of tannin as well as sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with flower, road tar, and incense aromas, good richness, acidity, and intensity, and a lingering finish. Readers should not hesitate to get on Carlisle’s mailing list before the world discovers what compelling beverages are being produced here.
Range: 92-94
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Carlisle, 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.

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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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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

KHM355597_2005 Item# 355597

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