Carlisle Piner Olivet Ranches Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2021


Carlisle Piner Olivet Ranches Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2021

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94-96 points Vinous
The 2021 Zinfandel Piner-Olivet is another fabulous wine in this range. It brings together so many of the elements that make the Carlisle wines so compelling. Dense and succulent, the 2021 races across the palate, showing notable textural depth and persistence. All the elements are so well balanced. The Piner-Olivet is a blend of Carlisle, Papera, Mancini and Pagani, essentially three grand crus from the Russian River Valley and a fourth from Sonoma Valley! That's a pretty appealing combination in my book. Moreover, this wine is exceptionally well-priced.

89% Zinfandel, 11% mixed Alicante Bouschet, Petit Sirah, Syrah
The Piner-Olivet area of the Russian River Valley is magical for Zinfandel, especially old-vine Zinfandel, and is the home to Carlisle's 'Big 3 Zins' - Carlisle Vineyard, Papera Ranch, and Montafi Ranch. Generally, out of respect for these incredible vineyards, Carlisle bottles them separately. But in this vintage, after assembling the final cuvées, they found themselves left with a bit of each of them. Carlisle considered blending them with a few other components to create a Sonoma County Zinfandel but a blend of the 'Big 3' was so striking, so utterly compelling, they simply couldn't pass.