Carlisle Montafi Ranch Zinfandel 2017
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
The 2017 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch contains 11% mixed black varieties. The vineyard was planted in 1926, mainly to Zinfandel but with nine other varieties (but no white grapes). Aged in 25% new French oak, it has a deep ruby-purple color and Syrah-esque nose of cracked peppercorn, prosciutto, baked blackberries and blackcurrant with blue fruit hints, eucalyptus, sage, dried flowers and exotic spices. Medium-bodied, the palate is silky with restrained fruits, lightly chewy tannins and juicy acidity, finishing long and nuanced. 390 cases produced.
Expressive raspberry and licorice aromas open to complex but brooding blackberry, smoky pepper and underbrush accents that build tannins toward a long finish. Best from 2020 through 2026. 380 cases made.