Focused and deeply structured, this red glides easily across its blueberry, raspberry, peppered beef and dark Asian spice flavors. The tannins are big but fleshy. Drink now through 2023. 850 cases made.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
One of the great success stories in Northern California is the genesis of Carlisle Winery, whose owner, Mike Officer, began as a wine hobbiest / software developer and grew into a full-time wine producer who has done more to save head-pruned, old-vine Zinfandel vineyards than anyone else in the United States. He built his reputation on full-flavored red wines and continues to fine-tune these beauties, often field blends of what are generically referred to as “mixed blacks” planted primarily by Italian immigrants prior to Prohibition.
Like our Rossi Ranch Grenache, this was another one of the surprises of 2013. Despite the perfect growing season, we felt our Papa’s Block Syrah lacked its typical uniqueness. Rather than being an outstanding Papa’s Block Syrah it was merely an outstanding Syrah, but still worthy of bottling on its own. Was the weather actually too good? Hmmm… Nevertheless, we decided to look at potential blends. Sure enough, we found that by combining Papa’s Block with our Syrah from Steiner Vineyard, a wine much better than each component was produced. We have no idea if this wine will score as well as our ’09 Sonoma County Syrah (which, coincidentally, also had Papa’s Block in it) but we are reminded of it. And given its price, surely one of the greatest wine values you’ll ever find. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.