92-95 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "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. (Apr 2020)"
93 points Wine Spectator: "Balances structure and a jammy personality, with blackberry, smoked pepper, licorice and bay leaf flavors that fan out on the finish. Drink now through 2029. 628 cases made. (9/30/20)"
Producer notes: "Very dark garnet-ruby. Blackberries, blackberries, and more blackberries are highlighted by a suggestion of bay laurel and eucalyptus. Full-bodied with flavors of blackberries (no surprise there!), licorice allsorts, and cocoa powder that linger in the long, fruit-filled finish. A wine that really builds with air while in the glass Enjoy this impressively concentrated, old-vine beauty pretty much anytime but it should be best between 2022 and 2028. Alcohol 15.0%. 628 cases produced."
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|
|Blend||89% Zinfandel, 11% mixed black varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Aubun, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Trousseau noir, Syrah, Petit Bouschet, Cinsault)|