Carlisle papera

Zinfandel, Papera Ranch 2015

Carlisle Winery

Very dark ruby-garnet, almost opaque. Head-turning aromas of framboise and kirsch are complemented by notes of fresh tobacco leaf, spun sugar, and spearmint leaves. What a sniff! On the palate, full-bodied but my-oh-my, so seamless, so well-balanced. Flavors of red currant, macerated cherries, and a hint of pleasing herbaceousness build through the long, smooth finish. Truly one of our top Papera Zinfandels to date. Enjoy from release through 2024.

Country:
USA
Region:
Sonoma County
Appellation/ava:
Russian River Valley
Vineyard designation:
Papera Ranch
Vintage:
2015
Wine type:
Red
Grape:
96% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
94

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Aging:
23% new French oak
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
15
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
1033

Reviews

  • "94 points. Highly Recommended. A compelling wine, with expressive blackberry and briary underbrush aromas and refined yet evocative cherry, smoky mint and pepper flavors that linger toward plump tannins. Best from 2019 through 2027. 1,033 cases made." (Wine Spectator)
  • "92-94 points. A killer effort is the 2015 Zinfandel Papera Ranch, from a vineyard planted in 1934. This is a good-sized wine, given its 15.4% alcohol, but like all of Mike Officer’s wines, the alcohol never shows. Moreover, he clearly gives the fruit plenty of attention so that it can strut its ripeness and full-bodied character, given the fact that he rarely uses more than 20-25% new French oak, and of course, the wines are bottled with no clarification by fining or filtering. This should drink well for up to a decade or more." (Wine Advocate)

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