Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards.
The 2008 Sonoma County Syrah is in the running for best $25 wine produced in California. The wine is 93% Syrah with a touch of Grenache and Petite Sirah. The fruit is from Jemrose Vineyard in Bennett Vally and Rossi Ranch in Sonoma Valley.
Opaque purple in color. 14.9% ABV and impeccably balanced. Cherries, pepper, meat and anise. Low acidity makes me think this is a wine for near-term consumption while you wait for other Carlisle Syrahs like Papa’s Block and James Berry to develop.
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My rating: 91 points