Another Russian River Valley release, the 2018 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (89% Zinfandel and 11% other assorted varieties) is another ripe, sexy wine. A sweet bouquet of mulberries, red plums, brambly herbs, cigar, and spice box gives way to a plush, full-bodied, sweetly fruited effort that’s loaded with character and just screams world-class Zinfandel! While it's plush and stacked with fruit, it has good acidity and terrific balance, and I suspect is going to evolve for at least a decade.
The 2018 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch is another compelling wine in this range from Carlisle. Ripe red cherry, cedar and sweet tobacco are all beautifully lifted. With a bit of air, the Montafi starts to show its considerable weight and resonance. The 11% mixed blacks add quite a bit of character.
The 2018 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch has a medium ruby-purple color and a nose of blueberries, violet, citrus peel, dried herbs and potpourri with bright bursts of red berry fruit. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied with a firm but ripe frame, dense, floral fruits and juicy pops of freshness to lift the finish. 628 cases produced.
We are reeling over still! We scored this parcel of the Carlisle Montafi from vines planted in 1926! Rarely does Zinfandel captivate the senses quite like this wine did when it rolled through our offices. We bought as much as we could get!
Mike Officer has been absolutely crushing it over the past five years making some of the most exciting wines in California. Carlisle has proved it can hang with the best of them, and in our opinion, is on the same level as Turley, Bedrock, Scherrer and Ridge. We are beyond thrilled to have access to this. The 2018 Montafi is a barnburner, packed with brambly blackberries, black plums, red cherry, toasted sage, tobacco and spices. A fresh 95 point review from Jeb Dunnuck and a 92-95 point review from Vinous, with more big scores to come, this is going to fly out of here. Grab some while we have it! First come...first served!
About the Producer
Kendall and Mike Officer launched Carlisle Winery & Vineyards in 1998, concentrating on their two loves, old-vine Zinfandel and red Rhone varieties (Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre). The rest is history, Carlisle has established itself as one of the finest wineries in California.