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Producer: Carlisle, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2018 Carlisle Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard

Lastly, the inky colored 2018 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard (100% Petite Sirah) is another balanced, elegant wine that shows the vintage's style beautifully. Blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, scorched earth, and gravelly mineral-notes all emerge from the glass, and it's concentrated, medium to full-bodied, and balanced on the palate. As with all these wines from Carlisle, it has good concentration, excellent acidity, and a great finish. It's going to keep for 10-15 years.

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Lastly, the inky colored 2018 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard (100% Petite Sirah) is another balanced, elegant wine that shows the vintage's style beautifully. Blueberries, blackberries, charcoal, scorched earth, and gravelly mineral-notes all emerge from the glass, and it's concentrated, medium to full-bodied, and balanced on the palate. As with all these wines from Carlisle, it has good concentration, excellent acidity, and a great finish. It's going to keep for 10-15 years.

2018 Carlisle Syrah Papa's Block

Last of the Syrahs and from the Russian River Valley, the deep purple-colored 2018 Syrah Papa's Block offers lots of upfront fruit as well as texture, yet still has plenty of ripe tannins and structure. Blackberries, black cherries, peppery herbs, and some savory, meaty notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s beautifully balanced and medium to full-bodied, with plenty of length on the finish.

  $45 1

Last of the Syrahs and from the Russian River Valley, the deep purple-colored 2018 Syrah Papa's Block offers lots of upfront fruit as well as texture, yet still has plenty of ripe tannins and structure. Blackberries, black cherries, peppery herbs, and some savory, meaty notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s beautifully balanced and medium to full-bodied, with plenty of length on the finish.

2018 Carlisle Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard

Also from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2018 Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard nevertheless shows a very different style compared to the Rosella's, offering more fruit and opulence yet slightly less complexity. Blueberries, darker currants, smoked game, black olives, and licorice notes all emerge from the glass, and its medium to full-bodied, with a wonderful texture, terrific richness, and a great finish. It's another just straight-up delicious effort from this estate that's impossible to resist. Nevertheless, it's going to keep for 7-8 years with no issues.

  $45 1

Also from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2018 Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard nevertheless shows a very different style compared to the Rosella's, offering more fruit and opulence yet slightly less complexity. Blueberries, darker currants, smoked game, black olives, and licorice notes all emerge from the glass, and its medium to full-bodied, with a wonderful texture, terrific richness, and a great finish. It's another just straight-up delicious effort from this estate that's impossible to resist. Nevertheless, it's going to keep for 7-8 years with no issues.

2018 Carlisle Syrah Rosella's Vineyard

I love this vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The 2018 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard has loads of classy white pepper, cedar, bacon fat, and violet notes as well as a core of beautiful strawberry and black raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely textured, and elegant, it shows the cooler, complex, elegant style of this vineyard beautifully. Drink it over the coming decade.

  $45 1

I love this vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The 2018 Syrah Rosella's Vineyard has loads of classy white pepper, cedar, bacon fat, and violet notes as well as a core of beautiful strawberry and black raspberry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely textured, and elegant, it shows the cooler, complex, elegant style of this vineyard beautifully. Drink it over the coming decade.

2018 Carlisle Syrah Radiant Ridge Vineyard

From the cooler Bennett Valley in Sonoma, the 2018 Syrah Radiant Ridge Vineyard is all Syrah and has a cool-climate, complex, almost Cornas-like vibe that I certainly love. Black and blue fruits, olives, bacon fat, and ground pepper all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with loads of Syrah meatiness, medium to full body, ripe, polished (yet present) tannins, and a great finish. It's beautifully done and is undeniably California Syrah yet seems to have one foot in the Northern Rhône.

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From the cooler Bennett Valley in Sonoma, the 2018 Syrah Radiant Ridge Vineyard is all Syrah and has a cool-climate, complex, almost Cornas-like vibe that I certainly love. Black and blue fruits, olives, bacon fat, and ground pepper all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with loads of Syrah meatiness, medium to full body, ripe, polished (yet present) tannins, and a great finish. It's beautifully done and is undeniably California Syrah yet seems to have one foot in the Northern Rhône.

2018 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County

A blend of 91% Syrah and the balance a mix of varieties, all from sites in Sonoma County, the 2018 Syrah Sonoma County gives up a killer bouquet of smoked black and blue fruits, violets, game, and a kiss of gravelly earth. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, and just a stunning example of Sonoma County Syrah. It also happens to be an incredible value!

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A blend of 91% Syrah and the balance a mix of varieties, all from sites in Sonoma County, the 2018 Syrah Sonoma County gives up a killer bouquet of smoked black and blue fruits, violets, game, and a kiss of gravelly earth. It's ripe, medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, and just a stunning example of Sonoma County Syrah. It also happens to be an incredible value!

2018 Carlisle Two Acres

I loved the 2018 Two Acres , a Mourvèdre-dominated wine that includes 10% Carignan and 2% Alicante Bouschet. This spicy, meaty wine has beautiful blue fruits, cedar, and earthy notes, medium to full body, a ripe, rounded texture, and present yet sweet tannins. It's beautifully done and, I suspect, one of the top vintages for this cuvée.

  $45 1

I loved the 2018 Two Acres , a Mourvèdre-dominated wine that includes 10% Carignan and 2% Alicante Bouschet. This spicy, meaty wine has beautiful blue fruits, cedar, and earthy notes, medium to full body, a ripe, rounded texture, and present yet sweet tannins. It's beautifully done and, I suspect, one of the top vintages for this cuvée.

2018 Carlisle Grenache Rossi Ranch

Classic Grenache notes of ripe strawberries, spicy herbs, orange zest, and violets emerge from the medium-bodied 2018 Grenache Rossi Ranch, which has a silky, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It has ample Grenache character as well as enough structure to drink well today as well as keep for 7-8 years. This release is 88% Grenache and 12% Mourvèdre.

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Classic Grenache notes of ripe strawberries, spicy herbs, orange zest, and violets emerge from the medium-bodied 2018 Grenache Rossi Ranch, which has a silky, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It has ample Grenache character as well as enough structure to drink well today as well as keep for 7-8 years. This release is 88% Grenache and 12% Mourvèdre.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

Always beautiful, the 2018 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch from Mike Officer comes from a site in Sonoma Valley and is 94% Zinfandel and the balance a mix of varieties. Its purple/blue color is followed by a killer bouquet of blue fruits wild strawberries, flowers, incense, tobacco, and cedar. Incredibly complex, with medium body, bright acidity, moderated tannins, and great balance, this Zinfandel prioritizes complexity and elegance over power and opulence (which is not always the case with this cuvée), yet still has plenty of fruit and texture. Give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years.

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Always beautiful, the 2018 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch from Mike Officer comes from a site in Sonoma Valley and is 94% Zinfandel and the balance a mix of varieties. Its purple/blue color is followed by a killer bouquet of blue fruits wild strawberries, flowers, incense, tobacco, and cedar. Incredibly complex, with medium body, bright acidity, moderated tannins, and great balance, this Zinfandel prioritizes complexity and elegance over power and opulence (which is not always the case with this cuvée), yet still has plenty of fruit and texture. Give bottles a few years and enjoy over the following 10-15 years.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Based on 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah that's mostly from the Teldeschi Vineyard, the 2018 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley offers a slightly more savory, mineral-driven style in its ripe cherry and strawberry fruits as well as notes of dried flowers, baking spices, orange peel, and violet-laced aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced and medium to full-bodied, it has tons of character and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6+ years.

  $38 1

Based on 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah that's mostly from the Teldeschi Vineyard, the 2018 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley offers a slightly more savory, mineral-driven style in its ripe cherry and strawberry fruits as well as notes of dried flowers, baking spices, orange peel, and violet-laced aromas and flavors. Beautifully balanced and medium to full-bodied, it has tons of character and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6+ years.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch

Another Russian River Valley release, the 2018 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (89% Zinfandel and 11% other assorted varieties) is another ripe, sexy wine. A sweet bouquet of mulberries, red plums, brambly herbs, cigar, and spice box gives way to a plush, full-bodied, sweetly fruited effort that’s loaded with character and just screams world-class Zinfandel! While it's plush and stacked with fruit, it has good acidity and terrific balance, and I suspect is going to evolve for at least a decade.

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Another Russian River Valley release, the 2018 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (89% Zinfandel and 11% other assorted varieties) is another ripe, sexy wine. A sweet bouquet of mulberries, red plums, brambly herbs, cigar, and spice box gives way to a plush, full-bodied, sweetly fruited effort that’s loaded with character and just screams world-class Zinfandel! While it's plush and stacked with fruit, it has good acidity and terrific balance, and I suspect is going to evolve for at least a decade.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch

A bigger, richer effort based on 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan from a site in the Russian River, the 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch offers a meaty, powerful bouquet of black cherries, red plums, Asian spices, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, beautifully textured, opulent Zinfandel that has ripe tannins as well as the seamless, silky style of the vintage. It's beautifully done.

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A bigger, richer effort based on 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan from a site in the Russian River, the 2018 Zinfandel Papera Ranch offers a meaty, powerful bouquet of black cherries, red plums, Asian spices, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, beautifully textured, opulent Zinfandel that has ripe tannins as well as the seamless, silky style of the vintage. It's beautifully done.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches

From a site in the Russian River (mostly Papera Vineyard but 24% from Carlisle and 6% from Mancini), the 2018 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches sports a deep purple color as well as a pretty bouquet of spiced strawberries, blueberries, smoked earth, leafy herbs, candied orange, and violets. A juicy, elegant wine with medium to full body, bright acidity, and a seamless texture, drink this incredibly delicious Zinfandel over the coming 5-7 years or so.

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From a site in the Russian River (mostly Papera Vineyard but 24% from Carlisle and 6% from Mancini), the 2018 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches sports a deep purple color as well as a pretty bouquet of spiced strawberries, blueberries, smoked earth, leafy herbs, candied orange, and violets. A juicy, elegant wine with medium to full body, bright acidity, and a seamless texture, drink this incredibly delicious Zinfandel over the coming 5-7 years or so.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Mancini Ranch

Damp earth, leafy herbs, cedar, plum, and spice-laced blue fruits all emerge from the 2018 Zinfandel Mancini Ranch, another incredible Zinfandel from this estate. More cigar and tobacco notes emerge with time in the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied and flawlessly balanced, with good acidity and a great, great finish. The texture here is just fabulous, and I'd be thrilled to drink bottles any time over the coming decade or more. The blend is 85% Zinfandel with 15% other assorted black varieties.

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Damp earth, leafy herbs, cedar, plum, and spice-laced blue fruits all emerge from the 2018 Zinfandel Mancini Ranch, another incredible Zinfandel from this estate. More cigar and tobacco notes emerge with time in the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied and flawlessly balanced, with good acidity and a great, great finish. The texture here is just fabulous, and I'd be thrilled to drink bottles any time over the coming decade or more. The blend is 85% Zinfandel with 15% other assorted black varieties.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard

From the Russian River Valley and 95% Zinfandel and 5% a mix of assorted black varieties, the 2018 Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard is another gorgeous effort from Officer that shows the purity and quality of the vintage brilliantly. Blueberries, sandalwood, flowery incense, and brambly herb notes all dominate the bouquet, and it's as silky and seamless as they come, with no hard edges and straight-up awesome purity of fruit. It's already hard to resist, but it’s going to evolve nicely for a decade.

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From the Russian River Valley and 95% Zinfandel and 5% a mix of assorted black varieties, the 2018 Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard is another gorgeous effort from Officer that shows the purity and quality of the vintage brilliantly. Blueberries, sandalwood, flowery incense, and brambly herb notes all dominate the bouquet, and it's as silky and seamless as they come, with no hard edges and straight-up awesome purity of fruit. It's already hard to resist, but it’s going to evolve nicely for a decade.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard

From the Mendocino region and basically all Zinfandel (there's one percent Schiava Grossa), the 2018 Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard gives up loads of spice and cedar notes as well as beautiful wild strawberry and blueberry fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, a juicy, elegant texture, and a great finish. It's another stunning 2018 Zinfandel that does everything right, showing the fresher, more elegant, pure style of the vintage to a T.

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From the Mendocino region and basically all Zinfandel (there's one percent Schiava Grossa), the 2018 Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard gives up loads of spice and cedar notes as well as beautiful wild strawberry and blueberry fruits, medium to full-bodied richness, a juicy, elegant texture, and a great finish. It's another stunning 2018 Zinfandel that does everything right, showing the fresher, more elegant, pure style of the vintage to a T.

2018 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County

Just about all Zinfandel (there's 2% each of Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah), the 2018 Zinfandel Sonoma County is about as textbook as they come with its deep purple color, black and blue fruits, notes of violets, spice, and flowery incense, and layered, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Flawlessly balanced, pure, and seamless on the palate, it's a stunning Zinfandel as well as a great value. Don't miss it.

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Just about all Zinfandel (there's 2% each of Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah), the 2018 Zinfandel Sonoma County is about as textbook as they come with its deep purple color, black and blue fruits, notes of violets, spice, and flowery incense, and layered, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Flawlessly balanced, pure, and seamless on the palate, it's a stunning Zinfandel as well as a great value. Don't miss it.

2018 Carlisle Compagni Portis

Last of the whites and a field blend of Gewurztraminer, Trousseau Gris, and Riesling, the 2018 Compagni Portis offers lots of honeyed apple, petrol, crushed rock, and exotic floral notes as well as a beautifully textured, balanced style on the palate. It's another rocking dry white from this estate that's loaded with character.

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Last of the whites and a field blend of Gewurztraminer, Trousseau Gris, and Riesling, the 2018 Compagni Portis offers lots of honeyed apple, petrol, crushed rock, and exotic floral notes as well as a beautifully textured, balanced style on the palate. It's another rocking dry white from this estate that's loaded with character.

2018 Carlisle The Derivative

A blend that's mostly Sémillon (there's 25% Muscadelle, 9% Colombard, and 1% Palomino), the 2018 The Derivative has a more savory, rich, honeyed style offering lots of minerality, medium to full body, good acidity, and a great finish. Showing more melon and lemon curd as well as some almond and nutty notes with air, it reminds me of a Crozes Hermitage Blanc. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.

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A blend that's mostly Sémillon (there's 25% Muscadelle, 9% Colombard, and 1% Palomino), the 2018 The Derivative has a more savory, rich, honeyed style offering lots of minerality, medium to full body, good acidity, and a great finish. Showing more melon and lemon curd as well as some almond and nutty notes with air, it reminds me of a Crozes Hermitage Blanc. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.

2018 Carlisle Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard

All varietal and from a vineyard in the Sonoma Mountain AVA, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard offers classy lychee and white grapefruit notes to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, elegant style on the palate. It offers balance, good acidity, plenty of texture, and a dry, clean finish that's going to allow it to shine on the dinner table with just about any type of food.

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All varietal and from a vineyard in the Sonoma Mountain AVA, the 2018 Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard offers classy lychee and white grapefruit notes to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, elegant style on the palate. It offers balance, good acidity, plenty of texture, and a dry, clean finish that's going to allow it to shine on the dinner table with just about any type of food.