Saturday, November 17, 2018

2016 Zins with big scores

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel's
Winemakers Mike Officer and Jay Maddox have hit pay dirt with these latest 2016s and across the board, they’re the finest set of releases I’ve tasted from this estate.-Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Mancini Ranch...$46.99
Another awesome Zinfandel blend from Mike, the 2016 Zinfandel Mancini Ranch is 85% Zinfandel and the rest a mix of assorted varieties, from vines planted in 1922, all aged in 21% new French oak. Crème de cassis, plums, cedary spice, and crushed flowers notes, medium to full body, fine, elegant tannin, and an ethereal, seamless texture all make for a thrilling, awesome wine that can be drunk anytime over the coming decade or more.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch....$46.99

More blueberry, spice box, leather, and cigar emerge from the 2016 Zinfandel Papera Ranch, which is incredibly complex and layered aromatically. The palate doesn't lose a beat either and is full-bodied, deep, and layered, yet tight, fresh, and ethereal, with a great finish. It's a killer Zinfandel! This awesome wine is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan, aged 16 months in 22% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s undeniably one of the greatest Zinfandels in the vintage!
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

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