2004 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley

Violet red in color with the slightest fading at the edges. The nose is subtly floral with a hint of blackberry. My first taste on opening the bottle didn't encourage me at all. But with the briefest of time to breathe, it really came to life. Very smooth on the palate, blackberry and raspberry fruit with a bit of eucalyptus. Tannins are nicely resolved but still providing structure. Brilliant acidity that carries the fruit across the plate. Lovely balance. Finishes with sharp red fruit notes, lingering gracefully. Clearly at peak. I'd drink over the next 2 or 3 years. Alas, my last bottle. "A"