June 2012 - US - Zinfandel & CalItals

This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel & CalItals Wines
US - Zinfandel & CalItals Reviews
198327
Predator
2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
Aromas of chocolate espresso bean, smoked bacon, and baked berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, seamless raspberry, cherry, mocha, and spice driven finish. Wonderfully flavorful and rich with a great meaty character.
95 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198403
Heitz
2011 Grignolino Rosé
Silvery pale ruby color. Bold fruity aromas of wild strawberries and cherries with a silky fruity medium body and a zesty kiwi, green apple, and light smoky mineral nuanced finish. A wonderfully refreshing summer sipper that ranks with the top Provence rosés.
94 points $19.75 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198337
Scott Harvey
2009 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
Aromas of almond brittle, dried cherries, delicate fresh herbs and earth with a satiny, medium-full body and a long blueberry, mineral, praline, and pepper spice finish. A delicious, exquisitely balanced zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198411
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 Zinfandel
Bright cherry, craisin and cocoa aromas are pure zinfandel with a plush texture, rich fruity medium-full body and a resonant, juicy dried berry and pepper finish. A textbook zin that is tasty and rich.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198565
Jazz Cellars
2010 Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
Deep purple. Bright cherry butter and floral honeycomb aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity full body and a long juicy, mouthwatering sour cherry, sandalwood incense and tangerine finish. A deliciously pure and vibrant, textbook zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198533
Sobon
2009 Rocky Top Zinfandel
Aromas of berry compote, chocolate, nougat, and crayon with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, craisin, nut and peppery spice accented finish. A rich mouthwatering table zin that will be great with a wide range of meats.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198434
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2009 "Redemption" Zinfandel
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of herbal cherry cough drop, eucalyptus oil, roasted nuts, and faint peppered jerky with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, cedar and dusty earth finish. A big powerful zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198292
Rotta Winery
2009 Primitivo
Bright aromas and flavors of raspberry, chocolate, creme brulee, and spice with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, juicy toffee and pepper accented finish. A pure, pleasure producing primitivo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198534
Shenandoah Vineyards
2009 Rezerve Barbera
Aromas of choke cherry butter, chocolate mousse, and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, raspberry, craisin and clay accented finish. Stylish and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198287
Viansa
2009 Zinfandel
Aromas and flavors of toffee, honey, and buttery boysenberry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a tangy, warming spiced apple, black cherry, brown spice and earth finish. A delightfully vibrant and mouthwatering zin that twill shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198371
Zynthesis
2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
Violet color. Aromas of toffee, raspberry pie, and and delicate spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, cherry, pepper, apple and earth finish. A nice zippy crowd pleasing zin.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198338
Scott Harvey
2010 Mountain Selection Zinfandel
Restrained aromas of black berries and olive with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a craisin, chocolate nut,a and mineral finish with chewy tannins. A sturdy, drier, claret-style zin with nice balance for the table.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198293
Rotta Winery
2006 Estate, Giubbini Vineyard Zinfandel
Pure aromas of raspberries, tomatoes and pepper with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, mouthwatering citrus finish. A great zin for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198494
Cedar Mountain
2009 Sblendorio Vineyard, "ZealoUS Girls Two Girl Zin" Zinfandel
Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered graham crackers, red berry pie, buttercream, and peppery spice with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a peppery, juicy toasty praline, craisin and earthy tomato accented finish. A bold, flavorful zin that will delight zinheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198480
John Robert Eppler
2009 Zinfandel
Big boozy aromas of brandied cherries, bourbon barrel, nougat, and minty herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hint of eucalyptus and earth on rich warming, chewy tannin finish. Powerful; for fans of high octane zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198476
Ledson
2008 Old Vine, Reserve Zinfandel
Ruby with a brick rim. Aromas of chocolate cake with black raspberry frosting with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, savory, baked apple, toffee, and citrus accented finish. Very nice purity and balance; will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197848
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2008 "Redemption" Zinfandel
Ruby black color. Bright cherry, strawberry, raspberry, and vanilla-honey ice cream aromas and flavors with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering finish a spot on Dry Creek zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198443
Perry Creek
2009 "Altitude: 2401", Fair Play Farms Zinfandel
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of coconut macaroon, buttery praline, and blackberry jam with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, nut brittle and peppery spice finish. A juicy, nicely poised zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198479
John Robert Eppler
2009 Cavedale Vineyard Zinfandel
Dark purple color. Aromas of roasted pistachio brittle and berry creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart cranberry, citrus marmalade, and peppery spice finish with chewy tannins. A flavorful, forceful and wonderfully structured zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197808
Hawk Haven
2009 "Talon" Outer Coastal Plain
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked cherries, tomato chutney, fresh herbs and clay with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, earthy craisin, creme brulee and praline accented finish. A sumptuously savory table wine with an elegant and refreshing Old World charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198456
Delfino
2010 Zinfandel
Pure garnet color. Aromas of nougat, chocolate, baked berry and cedar with a zesty, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a bright cranberry, peppercorn, and grassy herb nuanced finish. A very nicely balanced, lighter-styled, mouthwatering zin for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198531
Sobon
2010 Old Vines Zinfandel
Rich fruity aromas of raspberry pastry, fruit gum, salted chocolate, and spice with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy finish. A yummy, crowd pleasing zin.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198532
Sobon
2010 Barbera
Aromas of candle wax, pressed flowers, and raspberry coulis with a juicy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, complex, green tomato, kumquat, green apple, and earth accented finish. A very zesty, mouthwatering barbera that will triumph at the table.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198372
Donovan-Parke
2010 Zinfandel
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbling berry pie, bacon fat, and praline with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, tangy, smoked nut, craisin, and earth finish. Great balance and table friendly meatiness.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198495
Cedar Mountain
2007 Hansen Vineyard, Reserve Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of berry pie and nut brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, savory roasted tomato, pepper, and black cherry accented finish. Nice balance in a drier, claret style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198477
Ledson
2008 Old Vine Zinfandel
Ruby black color. Aromas of spicy cherry butter on pound cake and delicate herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a baked berry, pepper, licorice, and citrus accented finish. Nice balance and style for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198286
Jarvis
2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Tempranillo
Aromas of chocolate caramels, nougat, and spicy black raspberry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy apple, pomegranate, cedar, and dusty tomato accented finish. A nice chewy table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198535
Shenandoah Vineyards
2010 Special Reserve Zinfandel
Rich mocha buttercream, boysenberry jam, banana cake, and toffee with a satiny fruity medium-full body and a juicy, raisin, cherry jam, and spiced nut finish with chewy, powdery tannins. A juicy sipper.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198487
Four Vines
2009 "OVC" Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel
Ruby garnet color. Nicely meshed aromas and flavors of baked berries, cherries, and tomatoes with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy, tangy, apple, herb and earth accented finish. A very nice sipper.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198402
Heitz
2009 Grignolino
Watermelon, chocolate mint, and pomegranate aromas and flavors with a silky, dryish medium body and a pencil shaving, grilled apple, and menthol tobacco accented finish. A tangy table wine with nice complexity.
89 points $18.75
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198341
Berryessa Gap Vineyards
2009 Tempranillo
Ruby with a violet cast. Very spice mixed berry compote, menthol tobacco, and delicate herb aromas and flavors with a tangy medium body and a savory, chewy, apple, nut, and sweet spice finish. A fun, flavorful take on the classic Spanish grape.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198412
Calcareous Vineyards
2010 "Twisted Sisters" Zinfandel
Deep garnet color. Juicy mocha and blackberry jam aromas and flavors with a raisin and spice finish. Nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198530
Sobon
2009 Lubenko Vineyard Zinfandel
Dense aromas of potter’s clay, crayon, toasted coconut, and dried cherries with a silky fruity medium body and a goji berry, chocolate, and spice finish. A powerfully fruity and brooding zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198496
Cedar Mountain
2009 Reserve Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Mild berry tart crust aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, red and black berry compote and peppered nut finish. A solid choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198335
Scott Harvey
2009 J & S Reserve Barbera
Garnet color. Aromas of coconut custard, berry compote,and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an elegant dried berry, spiced pear, and a pepper accented finish with mild tannins. A very pure US barbera
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198363
Smart Cookie
2009 Red Blend California
Bright chocolate covered cherry and raspberry and spicy praline aromas and flavors with a silky, boldly fruity medium body and a juicy, dried berry and baking spice finish. An unpretentious, flavorfully fruity crowd-pleaser.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198319
Auburn Road
2009 Classico Outer Coastal Plain
Aromas and flavors of green tomatoes on the vine, toffee, and toasty graham cracker crust cherry pie with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory, tangy, smoky mineral finish. A nice rustic, food wine.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198320
Di Arie
2009 "Break Away" Zinfandel
Bright ruby color. Aromas of cherry and raspberries, cocoa, and nuts with a silky fruity medium body and a juicy, sour cherry and pistachio brittle finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198328
Rutherford Ranch
2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
Toasty graham cracker, chocolate yogurt, and berry chutney aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit and peppercorn accented finish with chewy tannins. A nice dried styled, claret-like zinfandel for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198342
Berryessa Gap Vineyards
2009 Zinfandel
Bright aromas of cherry-vanilla fudge, mint, and meringue with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chewy, apple, praline accented finish with a firm, powdery tannins. Give this a little time or fire up a fatty steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198490
Four Vines
2009 "Maverick" Zinfandel
Roasted nut, cocoa, dried berry, and coffee aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart chocolate covered craisin, citrus and brown earth finish. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197663
Ballentine
2009 Old Vines Zinfandel
Aromas of chocolate covered raisins with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, apple, cherry, and cocoa powder finish with dusty tannins. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198343
Berryessa Gap Vineyards
2009 Barbera
Lively aromas of prune, sour cherry, and pickled pepper with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, marinated tomato and citrus accented finish. Fun with a lively sense of balance and place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198489
Four Vines
2009 "The Sophisticate" Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Chocolate berry tart aromas with a round, dryish medium body and a tangy pomegranate, graphite, and nutskin finish with a dusty tannin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198146
Kitchen Sink
NV Reserve Red Table Wine California
Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, nuts and graham crackers with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pear, smoked nut, and burnt sugar accented finish.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198332
Domaine Sonoma
2009 Zinfandel
Plum skin, sour cherry yogurt, almond brittle, and delicate herb and spice aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cracked pepper, sundried tomato and pencil shaving accented finish with firm tannins. A nice, tangy savory table wine.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198488
Four Vines
2009 "Biker" Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of baked berries and cherries and toffee with a supple, dryish medium body and a crunchy apple and dusty mineral finish with chewy, coating tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198559
Bumgarner
2008 Tempranillo
Aromas of honeycomb, nougat, dried berries, and wood putty with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tart craisin, cherry cider, dried tomato, and cedar saw dust finish with heavy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198441
Davis Family
2008 Old Vine Zinfandel
Aromas of cherries, pepper,grilled fennel, and singed herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charred sandalwood, marinated olive, and apple accented finish. A savory, rustic zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198423
Wollersheim
2011 Sangiovese
Electric ruby color. Aromas of cranberry, roasted pepper and praline with a supple, dryish medium body and a pencil shaving, cherry pit, and leafy earth finish.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198336
Scott Harvey
2009 Mountain Selection Barbera
Aromas of vanilla nougat, lingonberries, and leafy earth with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a raisin, plum skin, spiced apple, tea, and cocoa finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198482
Lucchesi Vineyards
2010 View Forever Vineyard Zinfandel
Interesting aromas and flavors of cashew butter, waxy honeycomb and cherries in syrup with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a raisin, chocolate, orange and honey finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198352
Pessagno
2009 Idyll Times Vineyard Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Bright baked berry and cherry, nougat,white pepper and clay with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a chewy apple, honeycomb, and grassy earth finish with firm, powdery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198457
Delfino
2010 Tempranillo
Interesting aromas of berry scented latte, floral soap, and milk chocolate with a supple, dryish medium body and a butter roasted nut shell, pomegranate, sandalwood and dusty earth finish with heavy tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198307
Forchini
2009 Proprietor's Reserve, Old Vine Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of berry yogurt, graham crackers, goat cheese,and malted chocolate shake with a tangy, medium body and a tart sour cherry, nutshell, pepper and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198339
Vineyard 1869
2009 Zinfandel
Aromas of spiced cherries and tomatoes, melted wax and Turkish taffy with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried berry, cedar and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198510
Campus Oaks
2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
Aromas and flavors of strawberry ice cream cake with cherry sauce with a supple, fruity medium body and tangy sweet craisin, nut, beet, and peppery spice finish. Tasty.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198509
Campus Oaks
2008 Old Vine, Reserve Zinfandel
Ruby with a red brick rim. Roasted cherries and nuts and polished wood aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, craisin and meat accented finish with soft tannins.
85 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198310
Pend d’Oreille
2007 Kestrel Vineyard Sangiovese
Bright spiced cherry, nougat, peppercorn aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a craisin, spicy apple pie, and cedar accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198442
Perry Creek
2010 "Altitude: 2401", Amorata Barbera
Aromas of yeasty pastry dough, blackberry yogurt, and nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chocolate malt shake, spiced apple, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198387
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of fruit leather, praline, and pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, slightly pithy, apple core, cherry pit, and straw finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197805
Hawk Haven
2010 Tempranillo
Aromas of clover honey, baked mulberries, bay leaf and cinnamon bark with a silky, dryish medium body and a tomato vine and grassy earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198475
Ledson
2008 Jolene's Old Vine Zinfandel
Aromas of chocolate mint, pomegranate jam, and peppery spice with a supple, dryish medium body and olive and forest floor accented finish with papery tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198386
Pend d’Oreille
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Zinfandel
Somewhat dull garnet color with odd oily drops on the surface. Aromas of thyme vinegar, lime powder, cocoa, and raw cranberries with a silky dryish medium body and a chalky, grassy, nutshell finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198362
Oak Leaf
NV Sweet Red California
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry and red grape jellies with a simple, fruity light body and a brisk cherry pit and bubblegum dust finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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