Carlisle DuPratt Vineyard Zinfandel 2017
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Medium ruby-garnet. A totally knock-out nose of pomegranate, cranberry, and something pleasingly resinous that brings to mind the surrounding redwood forest. Dee-lish! On the palate, full-bodied yet surprisingly light on its feet with vibrant, almost electric, flavors of red currant, cranberry, and spice. All in all, just a damn pretty wine that is an absolute delight to sip. Our most compelling DuPratt to date? You tell us! Drink from 2020 through 2028.
The 2017 Zinfandel Dupratt Vineyard comes from a cool site in the Mendocino Ridge that lies at 1,500 feet in elevation and is surrounded by massive redwood trees. It was also planted in 1920, so we’re talking about serious old vines. This 2017 has a perfumed, ethereal, lifted bouquet of cranberries, red cherries, spice, and flowers. Silky, medium-bodied, and beautifully balanced, it’s a singular wine from Mike that has the depth and class to evolve for over a decade. As with all these newly released 2017s, it’s not a blockbuster but shines for its elegance, complexity, and length.
The 2017 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard is full of bright super-ripe red fruit and floral character. Silky tannins give this expressive, mid-weight Zinfandel much of its feel. Vibrant acids and perfumed overtones add a good deal of brightness to this flavorful, super-expressive Zinfandel from Carlisle.
Briary yet graceful, with multilayered black cherry, sassafras and savory anise flavors that fan out on a lingering finish.
The 2017 Zinfandel du Pratt Vineyard (100% Zinfandel) comes from own-rooted vines planted in 1920 at 1,600 feet in elevation. Aged in 17% new French oak, it has a medium ruby-purple color and nose of warm peach, cinnamon stick, potpourri and dried citrus peel with warm black cherries, plum, rhubarb and cranberry over a savory undercurrent. It's medium-bodied, silky and giving, with loads of perfumed, spicy fruits, firmly framed and with juicy freshness on the long, layered finish. Yum!