This new vineyard designate wine for Carlisle is disappearing fast! They’ve used fruit from Radiant Ridge in the past for The Integral red blend but, in 2018, the Mourvedre was so beautiful and exciting on its own that they had to give it its due with this bottling. The Syrah from the same harvest debuted earlier to much applause but this is the true showstopper. Vinous adds, “More than that, it is one of the very finest wines...I have tasted in a decade of following Carlisle.” Dazzling complexity and unfolding layers of nuance with inky dark fruit, wild flowers and enchanting savory notes. This is some kind of magic – we'll be first in line if there’s a repeat showing in the future. Very age-worthy and sure to disappear into the finest cellars.
Former software engineer Mike Officer started Carlisle in 1998 in his garage with the help of his wife Kendall and college buddy Jay Maddox, and he’s never looked back. Today, he is recognized along with Turley and Bedrock as a top artisan producer of Zinfandel, and we would place him in the same "enthusiast-garagiste-perfectionist" category as Russell Bevan, whose wines you've embraced in a huge way. Officer sells most of his wines to his mailing list and restaurants.
The 2018 Mourvèdre Radiant Ridge Vineyard is even better than the Syrah! More than that, it is one of the very finest wines I have tasted from Mike Officer in a decade of following Carlisle. Wow! Outrageously vivid and delicious in the glass, the 2018 dazzles with complexity and layers of nuance that unfold in the glass. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, wild flowers, spice and a good deal of whole-cluster savoriness give the Radiant Ridge Mourvèdre its beguiling exoticism. Previously, the Mourvèdre was used for the Integral bottling, but my sense is its real personality is expressed like this, on its own. Readers will not want to miss this exceptional wine from Mike Officer and Carlisle.