Carlisle Piner-Olivet Ranches Zinfandel 2018 - The Grape Tray
Carlisle Piner-Olivet Ranches Zinfandel 2018
SKU: 2051

Carlisle Piner-Olivet Ranches Zinfandel 2018

  • v92-95
  • ws93
  • jd93
  • wa92

750ml
$39.99

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Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
Brand Carlisle
Alcohol/vol 15%

Winemaker Notes:

Dark garnet-ruby. Heady, concentrated aromas of macerated cherries and raspberries are complemented by notes of blood orange. Holy moly! These aromas could fill a room! The wine enters the mouth with medium-full to full body and offers flavors of black raspberry and amarena, Italian black cherry. Zesty acidity in the lingering finish bodes well for further development. Drink from 2022 to 2028. 

Vinous
  • v92-95

One of the stars in this range, the 2018 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches is a blend of several vineyards that is meant to capture this specific district within the Russian River Valley. In 2018, those sites are Papera, Carlisle and Mancini, a combination that works brilliantly. Dark red /purplish fruit, lavender and menthol flesh out effortlessly, with bright acids that punctuate the finish.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
Wine Spectator
  • ws93

A briary and zesty red, with a core of vibrant acidity wrapped in red plum and cherry flavors, accented by grilled anise and pepper notes. Builds tension toward medium-grained tannins.

Tim Fish, September 2020
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd93

From a site in the Russian River (mostly Papera Vineyard but 24% from Carlisle and 6% from Mancini), the 2018 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches sports a deep purple color as well as a pretty bouquet of spiced strawberries, blueberries, smoked earth, leafy herbs, candied orange, and violets. A juicy, elegant wine with medium to full body, bright acidity, and a seamless texture, drink this incredibly delicious Zinfandel over the coming 5-7 years or so.

May 21, 2020
Wine Advocate
  • wa92

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2018 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet Ranches has gregarious, layered aromas of candied peaches and cherries, dried flowers, aniseed and blood orange, laced with loads of spices. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft frame, bright freshness and loads of spicy fruits lingering through the finish. It's a very pretty Zinfandel with full fruit in a light, plush package. 503 cases were made.

Erin Brooks, September 24, 2020