I love Carlisle Zinfandels. Mike Officer makes a bunch of them, but this is my favorite one. Purple in color. The nose has some bramble, dark cherries and a bit of pepper. What i find I like consistently from vintage to vintage, however, is the texture. It is round, lush, and delicious without being over the top. Black cherries, raspberries, and black licorice. No heat. Each sip makes we want to take another. It is food friendly, but these seem to go down too quickly. Its hard to not gulp. This should age easily for another five years and probably ten or more.
2005 Kosta Browne Syrah Amber Ridge Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
This was fun as it is by far the oldest KB wine I have had. It is still quite a big wine especially for a Sonoma Syrah. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, slight roasted herbs and black pepper. very nice. On the palate, black raspberries, black pepper, some char, some earth. Good acidity. Light tannins. Slight heat. It is drinking just fine at this point and probably at peak. Some depth, but a lot but plenty of delicious fruit left. Worked fine with food. Seems to easily have five to ten more years.
Beautiful Pinot Noir. Ruby with some purple swirls. The nose is great with bright cherries contrasted by an earthy, damp forest floor note. Also some spice. On the palate, this is tight but quite good. It needs at least five years or a long decant. Cherries, macerated cherries, layered tightly with damp earth and spice. Complex. Good balance. Long finish. Went quite well with food.
2008 Scherrer Winery Syrah Calypso Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this is mature. Some amount of depth with layers of earth, black raspberries and bacon fat. Nice acidity. Very food friendly. Good finish. Very good wine. Drink in the next five to seven years.
"Florida" Jim Cowan is doing some really interesting things with Italian (and other) varietals and at fair prices. This is one of his more straightforward white wines. Made from the Fiano grape more typically found in Campagna, Italy. Light green gold in color. The nose is nice with almonds and a nice salinity to it. On the palate, this is medium bodied but a rounder fuller texture. Not quite the acidity of the Italian versions, but still enough to work with food. It has a quality that is almost like a non-oxidized sherry in a good way. Easy drinking but still with some depth. Nice
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
This is still young but drinking quite well now. Purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, black raspberries, leather, bramble and spice. On the palate, this is juicy with lots of fruit. Black cherries mostly. Some leathery tannins. Depth. Delicious. Drank over a couple days, it was better on day 2. Nice finish. Food friendly or on its own.
Purple in color. The nose is nice with black pepper, black raspberries, slight roasted herbs, and some bacon fat. Full bodied. Cooler climate in style. On the palate, boysenberries, black pepper, slight earthiness with good acidity. Slight tannins. deep and layered. Good balance. Nice finish. This went very well with Indian food (Syrah is a surprisingly good food match with Indian food). Seems to be still on the younger side of peak though drinking well now.
This is a field blend of mostly Rhone varietals and some Petite Sirah. The Petite Sirah seems to take over more and more as this wine ages. Purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, plums, char and some roasted herbs. On the palate, this has boysenberries, some black cherries and spice. Nice medium bodied mouth feel. some complexity. Slight tannins. Good finish. Probably at peak now, but no hurry at all on this.
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
I try to let some of my Carlisle wines age. Really, I do. This is about as successful as I get. They are just so good young. This one was consumed at age 5. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, some raspberries, a bit of black licorice and char. On the palate, a really luxurious texture. Delicious. Black cherries, some black licorice and char. Great balance. Long finish. Great on its own or with food. Great wine.
Another Carlisle wine, another great wine. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. On the nose, black raspberries, spice, and some vanilla. On the palate, a great lush but juicy texture. Great energy. Flavors of black raspberry, some char and pepper. Long finish. Works well with food or on its own.