2017 Carlisle Winery Zinfandel Montafi Ranch
Region: Sonoma County
Cépage: Zinfandel (89%); Mixed Black Varieties (11%)
Size: 750 ml
Rating(s): 92 (RP); 98 (JD)
"The 2017 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch comes from very old vines in the Russian River (planted in 1926). Aged in 25% new barrels, it has awesome complexity in its dark currants, blackberry, and blueberry fruits as well as notes of ground pepper, crushed violets, smoke earth, and eucalyptus. Deep, full-bodied and powerful on the palate, it still stays perfectly balanced, has ultra-fine tannins, good acidity, and plenty of elegance (although this beauty certainly brings the power). It’s a magical, singular Zinfandel to drink over the coming 15-20 years."
Jeb Dunnuck (JD) - 06/19