Carlisle makes an impossibly large range of wines from old-vine sites in California. The focus is Zinfandel and mixed blacks, alongside a couple Petite Sirah, Syrah and white wine bottlings. All the wines are good quality, but there are a few that really stand out. So much so that I somewhat feel Carlisle would be more impactful as a winery if it focused on these sites. That said, it may just be that not enough wine is made from the very best vineyards to sustain the business.
Monte Rosso is one of those vineyards. This 2014 is extremely expressive and vibrant. Its acid-sugar balance is superb, and the oak treatment leaves less of an obvious imprint than some of the other wines from this domaine, which lets the fruit shine. Expect classic Zinfandel red-fruit flavours and plenty of high tones with some real zip on the palate. Among the best examples of California old-vine Zinfandel out there.
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