Carlisle 2017 Zinfandel DuPratt Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino County
Mike and Kendall Officer built this winery from the ground up, making wine for years in their garage, before Carlisle. They make meticulously crafted single vineyard old vine Zinfandel from special sites throughout the state. The Dupratt Vineyard sits high above the Anderson Valley up in Mendocino on the ridge line right next to the great Pacific ocean. This AVA is special in that it is defined by elevation. The sites that qualify peak out above the daily fog that evelopes this coast, so that from the air, the patches of vineyard look like islands in the fog. This Zinfandel represents one of the oldest planted plots up in this area first settled by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s, and is a unique expression of the grape with ripe and juicy mixed forest berry, but also clear notes of fresh conifer forest that surround the vineyard. A must try!