I really can't say for sure, but I think this must might be the first Carlisle zinfandel that we've ever opened. Crazy to think, but I think that really is the case here, but WOW, and a great wine!
On the palate, the black fruits are definitely there! Dark raspberry flavors are prevalent, with more blackberry and boysenberry. It is just a berry pie of sorts, with a great jamminess to it, with good acidity and minerality. Secondary nuances of dark cherry come through, along with a nice creamy vanilla tone that I am assuming is oak. The alcohol is there a bit on the finish, with some nice tannin as well.
This wine is obviously young, but I would say that this is one of my top 3 zinfandel's of all time, which is a pretty bold statement. We still have one more of these, and I'll let it rest for another couple of years to see how it develops. But even so, popped and poured, this wine is drinking very nicely right now, and worth of 92 points! Cheers!
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