06 Nov Zinfandel Sale!
“Carlisle continues to turn out a gorgeous portfolio of exuberant, lovingly made, stunningly fruity and outright beautiful wines from historic vineyards and iconic grapes.”
The Wine Advocate
2013 Carlisle Vineyards Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, Russian River Valley
On Sale $44.99
The 2013 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, from the home vineyard planted in 1927 by another Italian immigrant, is a 701-case cuvée tipping the scales at 15.3% alcohol. The wine is 87% Zinfandel and 13% mixed black and white varietals. (Mike Officer has 30 different varietals planted in this vineyard.) Only about 20% new French oak is used, and the wine bottled unfined and unfiltered. Loads of black raspberry, kirsch liqueur, lavender, licorice and subtle earthy notes are all present in this multidimensional, full-bodied, gloriously decadent and tasty Zinfandel.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Vineyard, Russian River Valley
On Sale $44.99
As always, the 2013 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is one of the silkiest, most polished wines in the range. Crushed flowers, sweet red cherries, tobacco and mint build in an effortless, gracious wine long on class and personality. The Papera includes a small amount (4%) of Carignane, which, hard as it seems to believe, really makes a difference in the wine’s character and feel. Papera, one of Sonoma’s heritage sites, was planted in 1934.
93-95 Points, Vinous Media
2013 Carlisle Vineyards “Two Acres,” Red Blend, Russian River Valley
On Sale $42.99
Using indigenous yeast fermentation and only about 50% new oak, the 2013 Two Acres is a remarkably elegant, Mediterranean-styled wine that is reminiscent of a stylish Châteauneuf du Pape, for lack of a better comparison. The wine has loads of raspberry fruit, vague hints of spice box, pepper and maybe beef, but the floweriness and sweet purity (the wine is totally dry, but the 15% alcohol adds lots of glycerin to the texture) makes for a seductive wine. It is luscious and best drunk over the next 5-7 years.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 Martinelli Zinfandel “Guiseppe & Luisa,” Russian River Valley
On Sale $51.99 Lowest price online!
The 2012 Zinfandel Giuseppe & Luisa (503 cases; 17.3% alcohol) is made from the Jackass Hill clone of Zinfandel. This deep plum/ruby-hued 2012 boasts fabulous fruit along with notes of jammy kirsch liqueur intertwined with licorice….Full-bodied and unctuously textured, it should drink beautifully for 8-10 years.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
Other Zinfandels on sale
2012 Duckhorn Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County
On Sale $16.99
Smoothly seductive in bright red-berry and pomegranate fruit, this young Zinfandel comes from mostly Dry Creek Valley vineyards. Rippling in baking spice and subtle vanilla oak, it’s a complete wine, with balanced acidity and mellowed tannins. Clean and long on the finish, it will complement rather than overpower a meal.
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
2011 Duckhorn Paraduxx Red Blend, Napa Valley…one of the lowest prices in the country!
On Sale $34.99
The nose is deep and rich, offering layers of dark cherry, tobacco leaf, earth and sage, as well as oak-inspired notes of caramel and vanilla. On the entry, this wine is smooth and structured, with a broad texture that fills the mouth and underscores flavors of raspberry, blackberry, Bing cherry, cigar box and dried herbs.
2013 Cambridge & Sunset Zinfandel, California
On Sale $9.99 Lowest price online!!!
The grapes come mostly from the Lodi appellation where warm days are followed by cool evening breezes, providing the perfect growing conditions for Zinfandel. Aromas of black cherry and licorice enhance bright fruit characteristics on the nose, complimenting flavors of baked plum and strawberry blend, and a velvety, smooth mouth feel.
For years the wine world believed Primitivo was Italy’s Zinfandel until DNA testing proved otherwise. It’s no surprise we were fooled given their similarities. Try one of the best and see for yourself!
2010 Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria Puglia, Italy
On Sale $19.99
A rich red in a modern style, this offers supple, well-knit tannins and stylish hints of vanilla, mocha…accenting the ripe plum sauce and plump cherry fruit. Well-spiced, ending with a lingering, mineral-tinged finish.
91 Points, Wine Spectator