A gorgeous bouquet of bright bramble fruit, anise, and flowers. On the palate, I found this to be quite snappy! Brambles again with licorice and minerals. Medium tannins and high-ish acid. A pleasurable finish. This would work very well with a wide range of meals. At 14.4% ABV, this is very modest for a Lodi Zinfandel...and quite possibly the best I’ve ever had from this area known for its bulk rather than its quality. This proves the area’s potential with aplomb. The fruit for this bottling comes from Sandland’s own Kirschenmann Vineyard, located in the Mokelumne River AVA, which was planted 105 years ago. The soil there is mostly silica so the environment is naturally resistant to phylloxera. As a result, the vines are ungrafted and hence, own-rooted. — 2 days ago
25 year anniversary of this wine. I have been a Peter Franus fan for a long time. This zin is medium ruby, black and white pepper, clove, cedar, red cherry, vanilla on the nose--the wood is definitely pushing through, but not overpowering. On the palate, more blue/black fruit emerges, blackberry mainly. Tannins still pretty dry, alcohol high. I think this can rest even longer but it's great now too. Awesome!!!
92+ points — 11 days ago
Typical Dirty and Rowdy wizardry. Beautiful perfumed floral nose. Red fruit forward, a spice component that I was mesmerized by... not heavy by any means but a light little spritz that just adds to the funky greatness of this bottle. Can they do any wrong? — 11 days ago
For National Zinfandel Day, here is a nice one from California.
This is a nice and spicy Zinfandel based blend from Lake County, California. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.
Showing red and black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, light oak, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate and easy drinking.
Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Better once it opens up (30 minutes).
I had this vintage before, over a year ago, and it is drinking better now. A little high on alcohol so watch yourself 😉
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
A blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 6 days ago
Ripe and ready, pop and pour...I am learning not to think too much about these wines. Absolutely crushable and absolutely desirable. The alcohol, jammy ripeness, and viscosity of the young Carlisle’s just recedes into the background and the balance roars to the foreground. As always a classy, smile-producing dinner companion. Mike Officer is a national treasure! — 12 days ago
[This is the Alexander Valley Zin]
Nose shows lots of secondary notes, with moist humus, gravel, sandalwood, maple syrup, and ripe blackberry. Intense and surprisingly savory in the mouth, with loads of acidity to boot. Long finish. I wouldn’t age these much longer, but it’s drinking well now. Very nice with a grilled porterhouse. — 7 days ago
Sorrel, raspberry, syrup, purple magenta, thick blackberry, blueberry, raspberry that balance and some acid and tannin covered by sugar. — a day ago
At home enjoying this wine. ZN: 78%, Syrah: 15%, Mourvèdre: 7%, nice blend. Not a sweet ZN. — 5 days ago