Carlisle Winery & Vineyards was founded in 1998 by Mike and Kendall Officer. Their passion is clear: Small lots of Zinfandel and Syrah from exceptional, historic vineyards. Many of these vineyards are heritage sites planted by Italian immigrants and date back to the late 1800s . Carlisle also recently released their first Cabernet Sauvignon from Montecillo Vinyard and a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Dupratt Vineyard is located on the Mendocino Ridge only 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard was planted in 1916.
Crimson in color. 15.5% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, citrus and peach. Full bodied with ample acidity. Exceptional balance with an abundance of bright fruits. Cranberry, salmonberry, cherry and pepper on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Delicious Zinfandel. The best DuPratt to date. Drink over the next 1-2 years.
My rating: 92 points.
I can make an argument that Carlisle is the best Zinfandel producer in the state of California. Current vintages of the various Carlisle wines are available via the mailing list, which is exceptionally long. Several retail outlets in California stock Carlisle, but you need to check with them at the time the winery releases their wines in the Spring and Fall.
I’ve wrote about Carlisle previously in Winery Mailing Lists: The Fab 5 and The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings. I also had a chance to visit Mike Officer recently and wrote about that in An Afternoon at Carlisle Winery.