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Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2014 (Russian River Valley, California) - [AG 92-94] [RP 91-93]
Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel 2014 (Russian River Valley, California) - [AG 92-94] [RP 91-93]

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Winery: Carlisle
Varietal: 96% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane
Region: Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750ml


Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
Notes from the Winemaker:
Planted in 1934 shortly after the repeal of Prohibition by Celestino Papera, this vineyard is a bit of an anomaly in that it contains much less in the way of mixed blacks than we typically see in vineyards of this era. And interestingly, the majority of the mixed blacks that are present is Carignane. Carignane is a late ripener and high in acidity making it a curious choice for this very cool site. Nevertheless, it seems to work, producing a powerfully elegant Zinfandel. Twenty percent new French oak. Filtered but unfined.

Tasting Note:
A nuanced, perfumed nose of confit fruits, sandalwood and rose petal. Bright, sleek and refined on the palate, reflecting both the vineyard’s prized position on the eastern edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa (nature’s “air conditioner” for the Piner/Olivet area) and the precision derived from the high percentage of Zinfandel in this post-prohibition planting – a clean expression of the variety. Plum preserves and baking spices mingle on the palate, with nutmeg notes leading the charge on the finish. Stunning. Drink 2019 – 2030. (JCM – 07/18/16)

96% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane
pH: 3.30
T.A.: 0.78 g/100mL
Alcohol: 15.0%
Cases Produced: 853

Ratings & Reviews

92-94 Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2014 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is exuberant, rich and extroverted to the core. Sweet dark cherry, plum, mint, tobacco, cedar, menthol and spices flesh out in a hugely appealing wine endowed with real depth and intensity. The finish is perhaps a bit chunky, but there is so much to like that I can look past that slightly rustic part of the wine's personality. This historic Russian River site was planted in 1934. The blend of 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignane is unusually high for mixed blacks vineyards planted during this period." - Antonio Galloni (January 2016)

91-93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I’ll just briefly summarize the 2014s. It was the earliest vintage ever for Mike Officer and probably he’ll beat that early harvest record in 2015. In this case, he was finished by October 6, which was a first, and it will be interesting to see if he eclipses that in 2015, which was looking even earlier. The production levels were relatively abundant for Mike Officer and the wines fruit-forward, although softer and less reserved than some of the 2013s. While not quite as opaque in color, they are loaded with fruit, supple and luscious. The only white wine, the Grüner Veltliner Steiner Vineyard, makes an appearance in 2014, and it’s another beauty – it’s crisp and the only wine in bottle. The other wines all stood out and will, no doubt, merit outstanding ratings across the board for their intensity, richness, and full-bodied power. If you already know what Mike Officer does, and the style of his wines, you won’t be disappointed in his 2014s. You may even like them as much as any vintage, given the fact that this year shows a lot of up-front fruit and charm." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (29th Oct 2015)

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