93-94. Brambly fresh red fruit. Tart like cranberry and pomegranate . Pretty tight a couple hours in. dense but retains a softness. Some pepper. Not a spicy zin. Biale is definitely light on the oak (burgundy barrels with 25% new oak) but this has a nice layer of vanilla to it. Age it for a few years. — 5 days ago
This is a wonderful wine - one of the best field blends I’ve had, really. There’s an impression of wild raspberries and boysenberries on the front end, backed by a layer of mildly peppery spice, and presented in a medium-bodied frame. The tannins are mostly resolved and the finish is clean and just a touch sweet. This was ready to go with minimal air.
This is only my second or third Bucklin and I’m becoming a big fan. — 18 days ago
The delectable review below is spot on. A great young Carlisle Vineyard built on a firm backbone, this will be one to improve for a number of years. As always this includes a number of interplanted and cofermented varietals for added depth and color. A beautiful wine year in and year out, showing off both the best of Zinfandel and of Russian River. — 6 days ago
This deep, rich Zin lets no light through the glass and offers a nose just as opaque. Dark currant, raspberry and licorice dominate the generous aromas, with a healthy dose of allspice, sage, mint and cinnamon. The palate is delicious, showing dark berries, strawberry, holiday spice and a note of black pepper which lingers on the finish. The oak treatment may be a tad too much, but California’s heritage grape gets a fine treatment here. — 16 days ago
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Juicy, flavor packed and rich tobacco. Extracted ripe fruit...fresh squeezed blackberries and raspberries. Boysenberry too on the nose with oak. So rich and delicious on the palate with liqueur, and sweet tart. Enough acidity to keep this from being too flabby. American oak here? — 4 days ago
Aged Zinfandel and Ravenswood wins again. The nose is soft and loamy with notes of blackberries and plum. The palate is soft and elegant with bright acidity and spice. Elegant flavors of black and red fruits lead to subtitle spice and darker loamy and earthy notes. The finish is long and soft but continues to highlight the spice and berry fruit notes. Another winner. — 7 days ago
I last had this in March and am struck by how different this bottle seems from that one. There’s a brighter fruit profile and more piquant acidity, with brown spice (cinnamon?) on the back-end. Not sure to what extent it’s my palate on two different days vs. bottle variation? — 12 days ago
Update: 4 hrs in, this is singing. Acidity has calmed down a bit and fruit is showing more blue than red now. So silky. 95 now from initial 94.
Coravin’d the 2016 against this and it was nowhere near ready. The 2016 was dense closed primary fruit (think unsweetened fruit juice). Reminded me somewhat of the 2013 vintage for limerick. It needs time where this 2015 is very lively with minimal decanting. Good acidity. Tart bright brambly berry with baking spices. Pricey at 70 dollars but it’s a wine I look forward to trying every year. It’s a fun blend that showcases the fruit and terroir more than manipulation or oak influence (all neutral oak).
95 galloni 95 wine spectator — 12 days ago