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Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch 2009Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch 2009
Size: 750ml
Country: USA
Region: California
Sub-Region: Russian River Valley

WA 93 IWC 94

Medium-dark to opaque ruby-purple. Blackberry confiture and cassis are highlighted by notes of eucalyptus, peach, and spice. On the palate, medium-full to full-bodied but amazingly precise and focused, with flavors of blackberry and one of my favorite holiday desserts, persimmon pudding. Montafi has been on a roll lately with the 2007, 2008, and 2009 all besting previous vintages. Drinkable on release but given the verve and energy of this wine, enjoy from 2013 through 2019.


"Composed of 89% Zinfandel and 11% mixed blacks, the dense purple-hued 2009 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (a vineyard planted in 1926) is phenomenal. Dark, jammy black raspberry notes intermixed with sweet black cherries, blackberries, licorice, charcoal and underbrush are present in this complex, full-bodied, massive yet impressively well-balanced offering. It will drink exceptionally well for 7-8 years. " -Rated 93, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"(15.3% alcohol): Inky purple. Highly complex aromas of black raspberry, candied cherry, dried rose and pungent herbs. Expansive, supple red and dark fruit preserve flavors show serious heft but are finely etched and braced by tangy minerality. Quite suave and pliant, with excellent finishing cut and length. This impeccably balanced wine is from 83-year-old vines, according to Officer, including an 11% mix of alicante bouschet, grand noir, petite sirah, peloursin, bastardo and "who knows what else."" -Rated 94, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar