Another winner from Bedrock. Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, brambles, black pepper, and an interesting beef stew note. Medium bodied. On the palate, fresh black cherry fruit (almost but not quite pie filling) with some black pepper and just a hint of bramble. Lots of energy and lights on its feet. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should conitnue for seven to ten more years. Nice on its own, this would work with lots of comfort foods; pizza, man and cheese, and burgers.
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
This is such an excellent Zinfandel, it would be really great to let some age. But, given the price and how good it drinks so young, these seem to be go to wines for mid-week drinking and a case doesn't even make it to the next release. Oh well. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with raspberries, slight black cherries, char and slight bramble. Medium bodied. Really nice texture with lots of energy. On the palate, raspberries and black cherries with underlying charred earth. Nice acidity. Good finish. Just guessing, but it seems like these will l
2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
From Mike Officer's home vineyard, the Carlisle Zin is great in every vintage but in 2018 they continued to exceed expectations. A blend of mostly Zinfandel (86%) and 14% mixed "black" grapes including Alicante Bouschet and Cinsault from 91-year-old vines. Inky purple swirls with deep ruby hues make for a very attractive appearance. Opaque and bright. The nose is concentrated with raspberries, black cherries, slight pine and spice. A seamless texture that makes this so accessible even while being so young. On the palate, black raspberries, slight blueberries, black cherries with underl
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
2017 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review
This is a nice Zin that takes its foot off the gas just a bit in this vintage. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has raspberries, slight bramble and spice. Medium bodied. 14.8% ABV. On the palate, raspberries with some underlying char and a bit of black pepper. Nice finish. This is the type of Zin that should age pretty well. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. This is probably better with food; pizza or a burger are nice choices.
One of the great values in Zinfandel. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, spice and bramble. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has lots of energy. Black cherries, some blueberries, spice and smoke. Great acidity. Delicious. Nice finish. This will probably drink well for ten to twelve years, but I always seem to drink these young. No regrets about that. Great on its own, this will be great with roasted veggies or a garden (or meat) burger.
2018 Shannon Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel High Elevation Collection, USA, California, Lake County, Wine Review
This is a value priced Zinfandel that makes easy drinking. Darker ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has nice cherries with some spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, nice cherry fruit. This goes down easy. Ever so slightly sweet. This should be drunk in the next couple of years. Nice on its own, this will work well with burgers or ribs.
Opened by a friend after a Lodi Zin tasting as an example that Zins last. We all wondered if it were alive and, it was. Purple in color, a bit flat but not really looking like it was 27 years old. The nose is dusty with a bit of bramble and woodiness left but also some cherry fruit. On the palate, there is still cherry fruit and some dried fruits. Good balance. Now, this was probably better twenty years ago, and I doubt ageing improved it much, but it clearly has lasted (stored in a wine fridge). A real treat to try now.
Nice to try this with a bit more age on it. Purple in color with some dark brown mix, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is tight but opens to show some black raspberries, dust and just a touch of cider. On the palate, this has prunes along with a bit of green tomatoes although it is much better than that sounds. It probably should be drunk up. This works on its own and would work with a meat based stew.