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Carlisle Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

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This wine introduces itself with notes of mint, beef carpaccio, pomegranate and crushed rose petal - intriguing and evolving over time with air. Revealing an intense volume on the palate, this is a wine very much driven by dark fruit signatures. Blackberry pie notes, yield to dark chocolate and black licorice flavors. A burly wine that will require a few years before settling into form, but the adventurous early-drinkers among you will admire its power in the short term. Drink 2019 - 2028.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Brand Carlisle
  • wa91-93

Wine AdvocateI'll just briefly summarize the 2014s. It was the earliest vintage ever for Mike Officer and probably he'll beat that early harvest record in 2015. In this case, he was finished by October 6, which was a first, and it will be interesting to see if he eclipses that in 2015, which was looking even earlier. The production levels were relatively abundant for Mike Officer and the wines fruit-forward, although softer and less reserved than some of the 2013s. While not quite as opaque in color, they are loaded with fruit, supple and luscious. The only white wine, the Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard, makes an appearance in 2014, and it's another beauty - it's crisp and the only wine in bottle. The other wines all stood out and will, no doubt, merit outstanding ratings across the board for their intensity, richness, and full-bodied power. If you already know what Mike Officer does, and the style of his wines, you won't be disappointed in his 2014s. You may even like them as much as any vintage, given the fact that this year shows a lot of up-front fruit and charm.

Robert Parker, October 2015
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorLoaded with big, ripe fruit, this remains vibrant, with a serious backbone of brisk acidity. Black raspberry and tart blueberry notes blend with smoky anise, loamy mineral and white pepper details. Drink now through 2027. 200 cases made.

Tim Fish, March 31, 2016