Carlisle Winery

"Carlisle Winery & Vineyards is the realization of a dream for long time home winemakers Mike and Kendall Officer. After a decade of producing award-winning wines at home for family and friends, they crushed their first "commercial" grapes in 1998.

Focusing on Zinfandel and Rhone-based varieties, their goal is simple but ambitious: to produce small lots of world-class wines from some of California's most exceptional vineyards. To help achieve this goal and ensure a continuous source of high quality fruit, Mike and Kendall also purchased one of Russian River Valley's benchmark old-vine Zinfandel vineyards. Planted in 1927 by Italian immigrant Alcide Pelletti (with some occasional direction from his father-in-law Giuseppi Frati), they began producing wine from that site in 2001. Additionally, they have secured a nearby two-acre, predominantly Mourvèdre vineyard planted in 1910, and several other old-vines Zin vineyards, which they meticulously farm themselves."

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Carlisle Syrah 'Papa's Block' RRV 2017
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 "The 2017 Syrah Papa's Block is dense, powerful and explosive. Blackberry jam, lavender, spice, menthol and game infuse the 2017 with tremendous character. The 20% whole stems add aromatic nuance, but are not especially apparent. Inky and deep, yet also quite nuanced, the Papa's is
Item Number: 33105

Carlisle Zinfandel 'Carlisle Vyd' 2015
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "A gorgeous wine, the 2015 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is bright and punchy, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and floral notes pushed forward. Silky and racy in the glass, this mid-weight Zinfandel is impeccable. The Carlisle is super-finessed in 2015. As usual, the Carlisle is
Item Number: 31993

Carlisle 'The Integral' Red Wine 2016
96  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 96 "Checking in as a blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Mourvèdre, the 2016 The Integral has a touch of Cornas-like meatiness to go with sensational notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, bacon fat, and game. It's rich, full-bodied, thrillingly textured and beautifully balanced. In short, don't
Item Number: 31991

Carlisle Winery 'Papera Ranch' Zinfandel 2016
97  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 97 "The 2016 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is another exceptional wine. Vivid, nuanced and wonderfully alive, the 2016 is all finesse. Beams of supporting tannin give the wine its shape and overall structure. Potent and yet sophisticated, the 2016 is another wine that has it all."  Wine

Carlisle Zinfandel 'Montafi Ranch' 2016
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "A blend of 89% Zinfandel mixed with about eight different other varieties, from vines planted in 1926, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch offers up a pronounced crème de cassis and blueberry pie nose with touches of camphor, cardamom and dusty

Carlisle Winery 'Papera Ranch' Zinfandel 2015
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "A killer effort is the 2015 Zinfandel Papera Ranch, from a vineyard planted in 1934, and made from 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan. This is a good-sized wine, given its 15.4% alcohol, but like all of Mike Officer’s wines, the alcohol never shows. Moreover, he clearly gives the fruit

Carlisle 'Palisades Vineyard' Petite Sirah 2015
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "Another monster in the making is the 2015 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard (15.7% alcohol, 580 cases). This is no ordinary Petite Sirah, but then, few are. Nearly black as a moonless night, the wine’s aromatics soar from the glass, offering up floral notes intermixed with

Carlisle 'The Derivative' White 2014
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 "EDITOR'S CHOICE-2014 proves another banner year for this delightful blend of Sémillon from Monte Rosso Vineyard, Muscadelle from Pagani Ranch and Palomino and Muscadelle from Saitone Ranch. High-toned in tart, refreshing acidity, it offers hints of vanilla biscuit with its lime,

Carlisle Syrah 'Sierra Mar Vyd' 2014
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "Even better, the 2014 Syrah Sierra Mar Vineyard might be the top Syrah out of this vineyard. Also inky and glass-staining, it offers killer notes of caramelized plums, smoked meats, licorice, cassis and pepper in a full-bodied, ultra-pure, elegant package. I love its mid-palate

Carlisle Zinfandel 'Papera Ranch' 2014
94  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 94 "The 2014 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is exuberant, rich and extroverted to the core. Sweet dark cherry, plum, mint, tobacco, cedar, menthol and spices flesh out in a hugely appealing wine endowed with real depth and intensity. The finish is perhaps a bit chunky, but there is so much to

Carlisle 'Saitone Ranch' Zinfandel 2014
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 "Carlisle's 2014 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch offers a super-appealing interplay of juicy red fruit and bright salivating acidity. Deceptively medium in body, the Saitome bristles with energy that gives the sweet red cherry and pomegranate flavors and extra bit of intensity. An

Carlisle 'Palisades Vineyard' Petite Sirah Napa Valley 2014
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 "The 2014 Petite Sirah Palisades Vineyard emerges from one of the best sites for Petite in California. All the classic signatures of Palisades are in the glass; intense, dark fruit, powerful tannins and explosive sense of energy. The long, seamless finish suggests a bright future

Carlisle Zinfandel 'Montafi Ranch' 2014
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Zinfandel doesn’t get much better than this. Rich aromas of black raspberry and orange zest open to balanced, complex and luxurious flavors of blackberry, mint and baking spices. A knockout. Drink now through 2027."  Robert Parker 95 "The personality-filled Michael Officer and

Carlisle Zinfandel 'Papera Ranch' 2013
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "A killer Zin that balances sheer power with a lively structure of acidity and tannins. Floral dark berry, licorice and Asian spice aromas combine with complex, fleshy, ripe flavors of blackberry and smoky cracked pepper. Drink now through 2027."  "Carlisle Winery & Vineyards is