California, United States
At a Glance
  • A self taught home winemaker, Mike Officer and his wife Kendall started Carlisle in 1998
  • Mike made his mark producing Zinfandel and Syrah from old vine vineyards from some of the best locations in Sonoma County -  Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valley
  • The flagship of the Carlisle portfolio is the Carlisle Vineyard that was the original Pelletti Ranch planted in the 1920's
  • Like many of the vineyards Mike sources fruit from, the Carlisle Vineyard is dominated by Zinfandel as as well several mixed balcks (Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bousche, Carignan, etc..) along with several white varietals
  • The wines of Carlisle are distinctive for their sense of place and layers of fruit with balancing acidity

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards is the realization of a dream for long time home winemakers Mike and Kendall Officer. After a decade of producing award-winning wines at home for family and friends, they crushed their first "commercial" grapes in 1998.

Focusing on Zinfandel and Rhone-based varieties, their goal is simple but ambitious: to produce small lots of world-class wines from some of California's most exceptional vineyards. To help achieve this goal and ensure a continuous source of high quality fruit, Mike and Kendall purchased one of Russian River Valley's benchmark old-vine Zinfandel vineyards. Planted in 1927 by Italian immigrant Alcide Pelletti (with some occasional direction from his father-in-law Giuseppi Frati), they began producing wine from that site in 2001. Additionally, they have secured a nearby two-acre, predominantly Mourvèdre vineyard planted in 1910, and several other old-vines Zin vineyards, which they meticulously farm themselves.