Carlisle Russian River Valley “Montafi Ranch” Zinfandel 2018

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Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. Noticeably darker than the 2015. Interestingly, no discernable eucalyptus aromas in this vintage. Nevertheless, still an utterly compelling nose of red cherry and raspberry highlighted by notes of sage and underbrush. On the palate, the nobility of this great site shines through. Totally seamless. Perfect finish. Hard to ask for anything more from a wine, regardless of variety. While very enjoyable now, given the harmony and balance of this wine, it should age quite well. Drink from release through 2027.

Blend: 89% Zinfandel, 11% Mixed Black Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Aubun, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Trousseau noir, Syrah, Petit Bouschet, Cinsault)

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Wine Advocate 95 - A blend of 89% Zinfandel mixed with about eight different other varieties, from vines planted in 1926, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch offers up a pronounced crème de cassis and blueberry pie nose with touches of camphor, cardamom and dusty soil. The palate is big, rich, full and fruity with loads of earthy notions and a plush texture, finishing with great freshness.
Jeb Dunnuck 95 - I loved the 2016 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch, another complex blend based largely on Zinfandel. Fresh plums, blueberries, violets, and fresh flower notes all give way to a plump, rounded, beautifully textured effort from Mike that never puts a foot wrong. Shining for its elegance and purity, yet still packing rocking levels of fruit, drink it over the coming decade or more.
Wine Spectator 93 - Dynamic and appealingly briary, with plush raspberry, bay leaf and orange peel flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2024.
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