Chambers and Chambers is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Carlisle Winery & Vineyards. We have admired Mike's wines for many years, and the stars finally aligned. As they say....timing is everything! Mike and Kendall Officer launched Carlisle Winery & Vineyards in 1998, concentrating on their two loves, old-vine Zinfandel and red Rhône varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah). Their goal was simple but ambitious: to create small lots of distinctive, world-class wines from some of California’s most exceptional vineyards. With the belief that great wine begins in the vineyard, they sought out Zinfandel from some of the finest plots in the county, planted between 1888 and 1934, including their own vineyard planted in 1927 by Alcide Pelletti. For the Rhône varieties, they contracted with small, family growers, just as dedicated and passionate about growing grapes as the Officer's are about making exceptional wine.
Mike and his team work with some of the finest sites in California, primarily in the Russian River Valley, but stretching from Mendocino Ridge to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Carlisle wines are pure expressions of their respective sites due to meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard, and minimal, thoughtful intervention in the cellar. Mike is also a founding member of the Historical Vineyard Society, founded in 2011 to preserve California's historic vineyards. These initial wines will be followed by Carlisle's traditional spring and fall releases later this year.