Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Zinfandel

9.0166 ratings
9.135 pro ratings
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
Alicia Cypress

A small bright fruit tunnels its way through the bramble and darker tones and stays with you while your palate determines what else is going on with this wine.

A small bright fruit tunnels its way through the bramble and darker tones and stays with you while your palate determines what else is going on with this wine.

Dec 24th, 2017
Patrick Derdeyn

These have softened just a little after a year in the cellar. Now very fruit forward and peppery with drying tannins. Drinks well with a short decant but these will last (and likely improve) several more years in the cellar

These have softened just a little after a year in the cellar. Now very fruit forward and peppery with drying tannins. Drinks well with a short decant but these will last (and likely improve) several more years in the cellar

Dec 2nd, 2017
Maggie Harrison

they make great zins. This is young, could benefit from age but is delightful fresh and bright.

they make great zins. This is young, could benefit from age but is delightful fresh and bright.

Jul 22nd, 2017
Brad Hemmer

Loved it! Be aware, bottle goes fast!

Loved it! Be aware, bottle goes fast!

Jun 30th, 2017
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.2

Drinking much better than a year ago. The best Sonoma County bottling from Carlisle that I have come across. Tough to beat for the price.

Drinking much better than a year ago. The best Sonoma County bottling from Carlisle that I have come across. Tough to beat for the price.

Dec 27th, 2016
Martin Redmond

Violet color with black and red fruit, smoke, leather, spice and a bit of violet aromas. On the palate it's medium-bodied and fruit forward with a lush texture but its acidity and dusty tannins keep it on the rails. It shows black raspberry, black cherry, baking spice with hints of peppery spice with a long sweet finish. Blend of fruit from throughout Sonoma sourced form vineyards planted between 1895 and 1934 (except for the 2% Petite Sirah) 15% abv 672 cases. $25 SRP. Great QPR!

Violet color with black and red fruit, smoke, leather, spice and a bit of violet aromas. On the palate it's medium-bodied and fruit forward with a lush texture but its acidity and dusty tannins keep it on the rails. It shows black raspberry, black cherry, baking spice with hints of peppery spice with a long sweet finish. Blend of fruit from throughout Sonoma sourced form vineyards planted between 1895 and 1934 (except for the 2% Petite Sirah) 15% abv 672 cases. $25 SRP. Great QPR!

Dec 21st, 2016
Chris MacLean

My third 2013 Carlisle Zin and this is the first that's starting to shed its excess alcohol and wood.

My third 2013 Carlisle Zin and this is the first that's starting to shed its excess alcohol and wood.

Jul 28th, 2016
Jeff Perlegos

Very fresh and a bit on the leaner side. Delicious #zinfandel

Very fresh and a bit on the leaner side. Delicious #zinfandel

May 21st, 2016
Tom Kobylarz

I don't open much #zinfandel at home but when I do its usually a #Carlisle. This was excellent, not weighty, wobbly or too jammy. Good acidity kept things fresh and snappy on the finish.

I don't open much #zinfandel at home but when I do its usually a #Carlisle. This was excellent, not weighty, wobbly or too jammy. Good acidity kept things fresh and snappy on the finish.

Feb 8th, 2016
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.0

Aging very well for an entry level zin. I've rarely had a Carlisle that aged poorly.

Aging very well for an entry level zin. I've rarely had a Carlisle that aged poorly.

Oct 7th, 2015