Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2012




Medium-dark ruby-garnet. Red fruits - raspberry, strawberry, cranberry - dominate the deep and powerful nose. The wine enters full and rich with red fruits, blood orange, and spice buffering the silky tannins. Surprisingly, a more masculine Zinfandel in this vintage than Carlisle Vineyard despite the lack of significant mixed blacks. Enjoy 2015 through 2020.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Russian River Valley
Brand Carlisle
Alcohol/vol 15.4%
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Wine AdvocateAnother fabulous effort, the 2012 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is composed of 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan that achieved 15.4% alcohol. One of my favorites in the tasting (although that's splitting hairs), it exhibits a beautiful black fruit-scented nose with spice, pepper and a roasted meaty-like character. Dense, rich, full-bodied, beautifully balanced and impressively pure as well as layered, there are around 700 cases of this stunning Zinfandel made from vines planted in 1934. Consume it over the next 5-7 years.

Robert Parker, December 2013