Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Old Vines Russian River Valley Zinfandel

9.165 ratings
9.19 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
Shay A
9.3

BBQ & Zin night!

Holds its 15.7% ABV really well. Would have never guessed. Heavier and spicier than the Carlisle Piner-Olivet it was next to. Age has given this a bit of a softened/older tobacco note. Plum, black cherry, overripe blackberries.

BBQ & Zin night!

Holds its 15.7% ABV really well. Would have never guessed. Heavier and spicier than the Carlisle Piner-Olivet it was next to. Age has given this a bit of a softened/older tobacco note. Plum, black cherry, overripe blackberries.

Jan 31st, 2019
Al Shikoh

Very aromatic. Fruit forward on the palate with notes of red cherry and plum. Surprising structure. Zinfandel sourced from various Russian River Valley vineyards including Banfield, Saitone, Carlisle, Montafi, and Papera from vines planted between 1881 to 1934 with interplanted mixed blacks.

Very aromatic. Fruit forward on the palate with notes of red cherry and plum. Surprising structure. Zinfandel sourced from various Russian River Valley vineyards including Banfield, Saitone, Carlisle, Montafi, and Papera from vines planted between 1881 to 1934 with interplanted mixed blacks.

Jul 8th, 2018
Patrick Derdeyn

From four RRV vineyards averaging over 100 yrs old. Everything Carlisle makes is awesome but to me this one is the QPR winner of the whole lineup.

From four RRV vineyards averaging over 100 yrs old. Everything Carlisle makes is awesome but to me this one is the QPR winner of the whole lineup.

Aug 7th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

A step up from the Sonoma designate and a #qpr winner. Something about Zin and Russian River just make magic. Wondering if any Carlisle Vineyard juice went into this bottling, I get a lot of similarities here and that is extremely high praise.

A step up from the Sonoma designate and a #qpr winner. Something about Zin and Russian River just make magic. Wondering if any Carlisle Vineyard juice went into this bottling, I get a lot of similarities here and that is extremely high praise.

Jun 30th, 2017
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.2

Comfort food in a glass.

Comfort food in a glass.

Dec 18th, 2016
Martin Redmond

Opaque ruby color with perfumed kirsch, baked blk and blue fruit and briars aromas. Opulent , supple, fresh with flavor that follow aromas loving it!

Opaque ruby color with perfumed kirsch, baked blk and blue fruit and briars aromas. Opulent , supple, fresh with flavor that follow aromas loving it!

Nov 14th, 2013
Glenn Robertson

Funny to me: enjoying my fav Carlisle zin, eating lamb burgers at home, checking email, I click on my Delectable newsletter and decide to drill into the app. I see all the great posts and wonder why I don’t make this a daily interaction. So I decide to post what I’m drinking. To do so, I check my profile and see that the last time I posted as “169 weeks ago”... for THIS very wine (2012 vintage)! Ha! No, I swear, this is not the only wine I drink! But, damn, it’s delicious every year. Bring on summer bbq!!

Funny to me: enjoying my fav Carlisle zin, eating lamb burgers at home, checking email, I click on my Delectable newsletter and decide to drill into the app. I see all the great posts and wonder why I don’t make this a daily interaction. So I decide to post what I’m drinking. To do so, I check my profile and see that the last time I posted as “169 weeks ago”... for THIS very wine (2012 vintage)! Ha! No, I swear, this is not the only wine I drink! But, damn, it’s delicious every year. Bring on summer bbq!!

Apr 10th, 2019
Charles Garrison

Red fruit dominates this delightful Zin...wonderful QPR

Red fruit dominates this delightful Zin...wonderful QPR

Feb 18th, 2019
Aaron Rankin

Give this bad boy a few hours of open decant!

Give this bad boy a few hours of open decant!

May 12th, 2018
Jeremy Kath

Great value.

Great value.

Apr 15th, 2018