Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2014


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Very dark ruby-purple. Knockout, exotic aromas of black raspberry, eucalyptus, blood orange, and sandalwood. Wow! I could sniff this all night! Incredibly well-balanced with flavors of blackberry and black raspberry. Not particularly tannic (Zins rarely are), healthy acidity provides a solid framework for this wine to age and develop. Enjoy this benchmark Zinfandel from 2017 through 2023.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Carlisle
Alcohol/vol 15%
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorDesignation Highly Recommended. Zinfandel doesn't get much better than this. Rich aromas of black raspberry and orange zest open to balanced, complex and luxurious flavors of blackberry, mint and baking spices. A knockout. Drink now through 2027. 871 cases made.

Tim Fish, August 31, 2016
  • we93

Wine EnthusiastEditors' Choice. From a ranch planted originally in 1926 this is a knockout wine, exotically spiced and nuanced in pepper, cinnamon and a distinction of sandalwood. High-toned fruit provides a lift to the lushness that wants to dominate, but never does, allowing the tangy orange and blackberry to speak quietly and clearly.

Virginie Boone, October 1, 2016