Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel

9.2178 ratings
9.135 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

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.

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.

Dec 11th, 2018
Brian Tuite

Delish!

Delish!

Nov 22nd, 2018
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9.4

A gorgeous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is bright and punchy, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and floral notes pushed forward. Silky and racy in the glass, this mid-weight Zinfandel is impeccable. The Carlisle is super-finessed in 2015. As usual, the Carlisle is predominantly Zinfandel, with about 12% mixed white and black grapes (a total of 40 varieties), all co-fermented. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

A gorgeous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is bright and punchy, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and floral notes pushed forward. Silky and racy in the glass, this mid-weight Zinfandel is impeccable. The Carlisle is super-finessed in 2015. As usual, the Carlisle is predominantly Zinfandel, with about 12% mixed white and black grapes (a total of 40 varieties), all co-fermented. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2018)

Apr 26th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Not as open as the 14s were in their youth. 15 is more structured where 14 was more plush. The petit sirah seems to show more in this vintage as black fruits and spice dominate. Drinks well with a couple hour decant, but this one is built for age.

Not as open as the 14s were in their youth. 15 is more structured where 14 was more plush. The petit sirah seems to show more in this vintage as black fruits and spice dominate. Drinks well with a couple hour decant, but this one is built for age.

Apr 3rd, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

Russian River fruit is just so damn tasty. Can’t want to try the new Piner-Olivet blend from Carlisle this year.

Russian River fruit is just so damn tasty. Can’t want to try the new Piner-Olivet blend from Carlisle this year.

Feb 17th, 2018
Al Shikoh

* appearance: dark purple black
* aromas: dark berries, mint, violet
* palate: multilayered, dark brambly berries
* structure: medium body, silky tannin, medium+ acid, 15% alcohol
* finish: long spicy
* winemaking: sourced from vineyard planted in 1927 in Piner-Olivet district of Russian River Valley which is a great site for old vine Zinfandel, field blend of dozens of interplaneted varieties including Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, Alicante Bouschet, Tempranillo, and Peloursin
* pairing: homemade barbecue ribs
* cost: $47

* appearance: dark purple black
* aromas: dark berries, mint, violet
* palate: multilayered, dark brambly berries
* structure: medium body, silky tannin, medium+ acid, 15% alcohol
* finish: long spicy
* winemaking: sourced from vineyard planted in 1927 in Piner-Olivet district of Russian River Valley which is a great site for old vine Zinfandel, field blend of dozens of interplaneted varieties including Petite Sirah, Grand Noir, Alicante Bouschet, Tempranillo, and Peloursin
* pairing: homemade barbecue ribs
* cost: $47

1 person found it helpfulMay 29th, 2018
Tom Kobylarz

Zinfandel that ages and still tastes like a baby, balanced and ripe, generous and long on the finish. A toasty note of oak is very apparent, but it adds to the character yet and meshes well with the fruit. As it ages that could be something to watch for.

Zinfandel that ages and still tastes like a baby, balanced and ripe, generous and long on the finish. A toasty note of oak is very apparent, but it adds to the character yet and meshes well with the fruit. As it ages that could be something to watch for.

1 person found it helpfulApr 28th, 2016
Ray Isle

Executive Wine Editor Food & Wine Magazine

9.2

Impressive old vine Zin. Lots of spice, powerful but not out of balance. Too young! - would love to keep for several years.

Impressive old vine Zin. Lots of spice, powerful but not out of balance. Too young! - would love to keep for several years.

1 person found it helpfulJun 8th, 2015
Brian Tuite

Way too young.

Way too young.

Apr 23rd, 2016
Laurence Feraud

Good acidity keep a nice spine. Elegant Zinfandel

Good acidity keep a nice spine. Elegant Zinfandel

Feb 24th, 2016