It’s always exciting when a great winemaker outdoes himself, which is exactly what Mike Officer has done with his 2006 Carlisle Zinfandels. These wines, which Tim Fish and I tasted in one of our regular weekly blind tastings, are sensation…
Carlisle winemaker Mike Officer finds character and contrast in two Russian River Valley sites.
Old-vine Zinfandel connects wine lovers with California's past, especially when the wines are made by visionary winemakers such as Mike Officer of Sonoma County's Carlisle Winery. Join Mike in his gnarled vineyards and gain insights into heritage Zin.
Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish reports that highly regarded California winery Carlisle has a new home: Mike and Kendall Officer have purchased a winery in Sonoma's Russian River Valley.
The big-gun Zinfandels from California's 2008 vintage are starting to arrive, and if 2008 was a difficult year for the grape, you couldn't tell it by the wines of Carlisle, Turley and the rest these producers.
Scores and tasting notes for California Zinfandels from Sonoma Valley, Paso Robles and beyond, reviewed by Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish.
The quintessential American red variety in fact originated in a southeastern European country, but the U.S. is Zinfandel's heartland
California's lineup of Rhône-style reds and whites persevere in 2017 despite challenging weather and wildfires combining for a difficult vintage.
Sonoma is the historic home of old vineyards planted to Zinfandel. As the quality of California's Zins continues to soar, you can take heart regarding the 2017 vintage, and enjoy the excellent 2016s in the meantime.
Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish dines with Adam Lee of Siduri and Mike Officer of Carlisle—two of California's top winemakers—and gets the inside scoop on the troubles and successes of the 2012 vintage in the state so far.
The 2007 vintage for California Zinfandel is the fourth in a series of strong harvests for the variety. More significant, however, is that influential producers such as Carlisle, Orin Swift and Seghesio are raising the bar on quality, and …
In true startup spirit, Wells Guthrie and Mike Officer rent space in a stark warehouse near Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Although both winemakers share the facility and a passion for Syrah, Guthrie and Officer approach their wines from …
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A free alphabetical list offering more than 300 California Zinfandel wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Wines on this year’s holiday table will be an eclectic mix, just like the vintners who’ll open them, says Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish.
A grower in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley tells Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube the tale about the men who planted her century-old Zinfandel vines.
Iconic Sonoma vintner and Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson and his winemaking son, Morgan Twain-Peterson, are forging a family legacy around Zinfandel.
2017 was a turbulent year in California wine country. It was a headache from start to finish, with a wet winter causing severe flooding and heat spikes that led to a major wildfire. Still, the state's Rhône Rangers produced some excellent …
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube gave the 2009 Carlisle Sonoma County Syrah ($25) a classic rating of 97 points. In his blog today, he takes a closer look at how blending different vineyards together can result in a wine that, …
Wine Spectator associate editor Tim Fish extolls the virtues of Pinot Noirs from California's unique Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.