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Carlisle 2016 "Rossi Ranch" Grenache, Sonoma Valley

93 Points                            
Limited new Grenache from Carlisle.

94 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):"The 2016 Grenache Rossi Ranch is another of the many highlights in this range. A host of red berry fruit and floral overtones fill out the wine's frame effortlessly. The purity of the flavors is simply striking. This is an unusually supple, fleshy Grenache with terrific fruit density and impeccable balance. The inclusion of 15% co-fermented Mourvèdre adds layers of depth. I loved it."

93 Points Robert Parker:
 "A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, the 2016 Grenache Rossi Ranch is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with beautiful kirsch, red roses, redcurrant jelly and mulberries scents with touches of cinnamon stick and dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness lifting the fragrant fruit, it finishes long and perfumed. 235 cases produced...

...From humble beginnings in 1998, Carlisle continues to go from strength to strength, growing from a solid philosophy of sourcing mainly Zinfandel and Rhône varieties from ancient vineyards in Sonoma and further afield. So, most of the vines used by Mike and Kendall Officer were planted from 1888 to 1934. From 2013, they have their own winery in which to create their magic—the old Robert Mueller winery in Russian River Valley."

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