Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel

9.113 ratings
9.06 pro ratings
Sonoma 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
Paul Mason

Aggressive dark fruit, more oak (and vanilla), less acid and more 1 dimensional than the Bedrock 2012 from the same vineyard we tried next to it. Will improve with a few years time but not as sophisticated as the Bedrock.

Aggressive dark fruit, more oak (and vanilla), less acid and more 1 dimensional than the Bedrock 2012 from the same vineyard we tried next to it. Will improve with a few years time but not as sophisticated as the Bedrock.

May 1st, 2016
Martin Redmond

Purple/violet color with aromatic aromas. Inital aromas that brings to mind truffles gives way to black cherry cobbler, chocolate, with hints of orange rind and strawberries. On the palate it's round, with a great texture, wonderful acidity and well integrated tannins with black cherry, blueberry, chocolate flavors with an intensely spicy long finish. 94% Zinfandel/6%Grand Noir 2012 Vintage

Purple/violet color with aromatic aromas. Inital aromas that brings to mind truffles gives way to black cherry cobbler, chocolate, with hints of orange rind and strawberries. On the palate it's round, with a great texture, wonderful acidity and well integrated tannins with black cherry, blueberry, chocolate flavors with an intensely spicy long finish. 94% Zinfandel/6%Grand Noir 2012 Vintage

Jan 26th, 2016
Aaron Means

Very delicious. A cult cab lover's type of wine. Not as polished in my opinion as the Bedrock wine from the same vineyard and year but this May just need more time. Everything is a little of kilter right now and hasn't come together. Improved with some time but still very, veery yu young. Has that sweet oak, vanillin, cotton candy finish that cult cab and pinot lovers will rave over.

Very delicious. A cult cab lover's type of wine. Not as polished in my opinion as the Bedrock wine from the same vineyard and year but this May just need more time. Everything is a little of kilter right now and hasn't come together. Improved with some time but still very, veery yu young. Has that sweet oak, vanillin, cotton candy finish that cult cab and pinot lovers will rave over.

Mar 31st, 2014
Stephen Redenbaugh

Ripe, smokey notes with black fruit and leather/tobacco. Smooth and silken belying its 15+ ABV. I find that 7-9 years is the sweet spot for Carlisle. Dark, inky, still balanced and fruit-driven. Zin works so well with med rare filets and gruyere gratin. Kudos to Mike Officer for the finesse and understatement.

Ripe, smokey notes with black fruit and leather/tobacco. Smooth and silken belying its 15+ ABV. I find that 7-9 years is the sweet spot for Carlisle. Dark, inky, still balanced and fruit-driven. Zin works so well with med rare filets and gruyere gratin. Kudos to Mike Officer for the finesse and understatement.

Jun 30th, 2020
Todd Anderson

Jammy, lacking depth & earth

Jammy, lacking depth & earth

Apr 19th, 2017
Buddy G

Have you ever made love to a piece of chocolate?

Have you ever made love to a piece of chocolate?

Jan 17th, 2016
Roger Carrillo

Rich with vanilla and raspberry flavor. A bit rustic on the nose. Not as polished as other Carlisle wines but better than most Zins.

Rich with vanilla and raspberry flavor. A bit rustic on the nose. Not as polished as other Carlisle wines but better than most Zins.

Jan 1st, 2015
Jeff Perlegos

Jeff had this 6 years ago

Jeff had this 6 years ago

Jan 27th, 2015
Clement Cariot

Sommelier Bleu Provence

8.8

Clement had this 7 years ago

Clement had this 7 years ago

Apr 18th, 2014
Chris Cochran

Chris had this 5 years ago

Chris had this 5 years ago

Feb 19th, 2016