This is one of the classic vineyards in California. A whole host of wineries use this to make some very fine Zinfandels. Carlisle's version tends to be middle of the road. Interestingly, it also tends to be a pretty straightforward Zin the Carlisle lineup. Of course, that is not a bad thing. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, spice and a bit of anise. Those qualities carry thru to the palate. This is on the bigger side but far short of many and certainly not jammy. A nice depth to it. If you like more of a claret style, these have shown that style with ten years in a good cellar. Reasonably food friendly (I would not serve with oysters). No hurry on this, it just depends on how you like your Zins.