Carlisle zinfandel

Zinfandel, Montafi Ranch 2014

Carlisle Winery

Very dark ruby-purple. Knockout, exotic aromas of black raspberry, eucalyptus, blood orange, and sandalwood. Wow! I could sniff this all night! Incredibly well-balanced with flavors of blackberry and black raspberry. Not particularly tannic (Zins rarely are), healthy acidity provides a solid framework for this wine to age and develop. Enjoy this benchmark Zinfandel from 2017 through 2023.

Country:
USA
Region:
Sonoma Valley
Appellation/ava:
Russian River Valley
Vineyard designation:
Montafi Ranch
Vintage:
2014
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
89% Zinfandel, 11% Alicante Bouschet, Aubun, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Trousseau noir, Syrah, Petit Bouschet, & Cinsault
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
93

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Aging:
20% new French oak
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
15
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
871

Reviews

  • "92-94 points. The 2014 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch is the biggest of Carlisle's three Russian River Zinfandels. The Montafi is marked by a distinctive eucalyptus note, a core of huge, jammy fruit and striking inner perfume. Exotic and ample in all of its facets, the Montafi Ranch is without question one of the most expressive wines in this lineup. Montafi is planted with approximately 87% Zinfandel and 13% Mixed Blacks." (vinous)

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