The winemaker's notes indicate that "the finished blend is 85% Zinfandel with 7% Carignan, 4% Cinsault and bits and bobs of Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and other field-blended varieties." Overall, this is pretty consistent with prior years. Purple/garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, raspberries, char and slight bramble. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, this is middle ground between claret and bombastic styled Zin. Plenty of black cherry fruit with good balance, slight tannins and some char. Nice finish. This is a great c
One of the old guard from Napa. This is their basic Zin which is actually a blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 3% Alicante, and 4% mixed reds. This is a fine value. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has bramble with a peppery note. Medium bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, cherries and raspberries. Easy finish. This is drinkable without requiring contemplation. Drink over the next couple of years. A nice wine with foods off grill.
This is a "kitchen sink" blend of lots of red varietals grown in California. Garnet in color, purple at the core, bright. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, black raspberries, spices and chocolate. Full bodied. Light tannins. Moderate acidity. On the palate, this is big wine. Tasty but the kind of wine that doesn't demand introspection. Loads of black cherries and cherries with a bit of chocolate. Long finish with slight warmth. It drinks well on its own and will need big food such as BBQ Ribs off the grill. Drink over the next five to eight years.
This is a blend of 35% Zinfandel, 26% Mourvedre, 19% Tempranillo, 11% Syrah, and 9% Petite Sirah. Purple in color with some ruby hues. Opaque and dark. The nose is nice with black cherries, plums, cherries, char and spice. Full bodied. Light tannins. Good balance. On the palate, this is drinking at peak and delicious. Complex and deep. Notes of black cherries, cherries, and plums with underlying asphalt/gravel. Long finish. Drink over the next five to ten years. Great on its own, this will need big food. Ribs off the grill would be a good match.
This is a blend of 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, and 8% Tempranillo. Purple with a few garnet swirls. The nose is great with plums, black cherries, gravel, leather, black pepper, char and cedar. Some alcohol showing on the nose. Full bodied. Some tannins. Deep. On the palate, plums, black cherries, black pepper, spice and char. No alcohol showing on the palate but it does have 15.9% abv. Long finish. This is delicious. It drinks great on its own after about twenty minutes.
This is 95% Zinfandel with 5% Petite Sirah from Sonoma County. 15,3% abv. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has raspberries, black raspberries, slight bramble, and smoke. Full bodied. On the palate, raspberries, black raspberries and black pepper with some char. As Zins go, this is middle of the road in style. Delicious. This drinks nicely on its own and will work well with a burger or pizza. Drink over the next couple years.
This is a field blend (mostly Zinfandel) from Sonoma. Of course, 2011 was a difficult vintage. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, flat. The nose is dusty with black cherries. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this is somewhat surprisingly ripe. Black cherries and cherries with some prune notes. There is some depth and complexity. A long finish. This is probably better on its own but would work with pizza. Drink up over the next few years.
This remains my favorite Carlisle Zinfandel year in and year out. There are lots of reasons, but chief among them is the texture. So rich and lush yet the wine has so much balance and energy. A blend of 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with raspberries, black raspberries, slight blueberries, smoke and slight bramble. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, black raspberries, raspberries and slight black cherries with smoke and some dry earthiness. Great acidity. Long finish. Delicious. This should drink well over the next ten to
2009 Dehlinger 60% Petite Sirah/40% Zinfandel Guadagni Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Dry Creek, Wine Review
Very nice showing for this. Seems to be just about at peak, of course, noting that Zinfandel matures earlier and Petite Sirah later. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has boysenberries, black cherries, raspberries along with some leather and minerality. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has a nice complexity. Also very tasty. Layers of fruit (black and red raspberries) with some underlying minerality. Nice finish. This should have another five to seven more years and probably more. It drinks well on its own and will work well with all but the lightest foods. A nice w
This is the 54th consecutive vintage of this wine. It is a blend of 71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, and 3% Alicante Bouschet. Another job well done! Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great with raspberries, black raspberries, slight char, plum and spice. Medium to full bodied. Great texture. On the palate, plums and black raspberries with some raspberries with underlying char and graphite. Great liveliness. Nice finish. This wine is already drinking well and while it may change a bit, it should continue to do so for another 20 years. This is pretty food