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Checking In On Carlisle


It has been many years since I have drunk a Carlisle wine.  When I did I also purchased a few bottles of these two selections.  The Two Acres may be drunk now but might expand with more age.  The  Pelkan Ranch Syrah clearly needs several more years of development during which it will hopefully absorb more of the new oak.  With time they will hopefully become more expressive.

2006 Carlisle, Two Acres, Russian River Valley – $38 original retail price
This is a blend of 75% Mourvedre, 10% Petit Sirah, 8% Carignane, 5% Syrah, and 2% Alicante Bouschet sourced from a vineyard planted in 1910.  The grapes were fermented using indigenous yeasts and aged in 28% new French oak.  The light nose has some roast notes, a hint of floral aromas, and some spirit.  In the mouth the concentrated fruit flavors have underlying depth.  The blue and red fruits are almost gritty with pleasing ripe tannins which coat the mouth.  The medium-length finish has high-toned stone note throughout and is a little spicy.  A good wine which I would drink over the next five years.

2006 Carlisle, Syrah, Pelkan Ranch, Knights Valley – $38 original retail price
This 100% Syrah wine was fermented with yeasts from the Cotes du Rhone with fermentation completed in 62% new French oak barrels.  The flavors of red and blue fruit, is clean, pebbly in texture, and slightly ripe.  There is an immediate impression of balance between the ripeness, weight, acidity, and tannins.  There is some good weight in the middle where there is a steely raciness.  The fruit has a grainy texture in the finish with a rush of acidity at the end.  This is still young and focused, modern, and well made.  A good wine as well but reveals a bit too many toast notes.  I would cellar this another three years to drink over the second half of the decade.

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