Carlisle Three Birds Red 2003 Front Label
Carlisle Three Birds Red 2003 Front Label

Carlisle Three Birds Red 2003

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750ML / 15.7% ABV
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750ML / 15.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Medium ruby. Hi-toned, perfumed aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, and strawberry with sinister notes of spice lurking in the background. On the palate, smooth as silk. Really seductive. An incredible burst of grenache fruit on the finish. Not as big as the 2002 with more elegance and less tannin than the 2001. A very pretty wine!

Blend: 71% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 8% Syrah

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Tightly wound and sharply focused, with vivid, earthy blueberry, wild berry and spice attributes, it gains amplitude at midpalate and gains complexity on the finish, where the flavors fan out nicely and the chewy tannins are integrated. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.
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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 major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

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