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June 2012 - US - Zinfandel & CalItals

June 2012 - US - Zinfandel & CalItals
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US - Zinfandel & CalItals Reviews

Predator 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
95 points
$16
Best Buy
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
Heitz 2011  Grignolino Rosé
94 points
$19.75
Best Buy
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
Scott Harvey 2009 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
94 points
$32
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010  Zinfandel
94 points
$34
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.
Jazz Cellars 2010 Zinfandel, Teldeschi Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
94 points
$44
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.
Sobon 2009 Rocky Top Zinfandel
93 points
$17
Best Buy
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
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 "Redemption" Zinfandel
93 points
$22
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.
Rotta Winery 2009  Primitivo
93 points
$22
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.
Shenandoah Vineyards 2009 Rezerve Barbera
93 points
$24
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.
Viansa 2009  Zinfandel
93 points
$30
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.
Zynthesis 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Scott Harvey 2010 Mountain Selection Zinfandel
92 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Rotta Winery 2006 Estate, Giubbini Vineyard Zinfandel
92 points
$27
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.
Cedar Mountain 2009 Sblendorio Vineyard, "ZealoUS Girls Two Girl Zin" Zinfandel
92 points
$28
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.
John Robert Eppler 2009  Zinfandel
92 points
$28
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.
Ledson 2008 Old Vine, Reserve Zinfandel
92 points
$52
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.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2008 "Redemption" Zinfandel
91 points
$25
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.
Perry Creek 2009 "Altitude: 2401", Fair Play Farms Zinfandel
91 points
$25
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.
John Robert Eppler 2009 Cavedale Vineyard Zinfandel
91 points
$28
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.
Hawk Haven 2009 "Talon" Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
$34
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.
Delfino 2010  Zinfandel
91 points
$35
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.
Sobon 2010 Old Vines Zinfandel
90 points
$13
Best Buy
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
Sobon 2010  Barbera
90 points
$14
Best Buy
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
Donovan-Parke 2010  Zinfandel
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Cedar Mountain 2007 Hansen Vineyard, Reserve Zinfandel
90 points
$28
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.
Ledson 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$44
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.
Jarvis 2010 Estate Grown, Cave Fermented Tempranillo
90 points
$70
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.
Shenandoah Vineyards 2010 Special Reserve Zinfandel
89 points
$11
Best Buy
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
Four Vines 2009 "OVC" Old Vine Cuvee Zinfandel
89 points
$12
Best Buy
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
Heitz 2009  Grignolino
89 points
$18.75
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
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009  Tempranillo
89 points
$19
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.
Calcareous Vineyards 2010 "Twisted Sisters" Zinfandel
89 points
$20
Deep garnet color. Juicy mocha and blackberry jam aromas and flavors with a raisin and spice finish. Nice.
Sobon 2009 Lubenko Vineyard Zinfandel
89 points
$22
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.
Cedar Mountain 2009 Reserve Zinfandel
89 points
$28
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.
Scott Harvey 2009 J & S Reserve Barbera
89 points
$32
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
Smart Cookie 2009 Red Blend California
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Auburn Road 2009 Classico Outer Coastal Plain
88 points
$17.99
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
Di Arie 2009 "Break Away" Zinfandel
88 points
$18
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.
Rutherford Ranch 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$18
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.
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009  Zinfandel
88 points
$19
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.
Four Vines 2009 "Maverick" Zinfandel
88 points
$19
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.
Ballentine 2009 Old Vines Zinfandel
88 points
$21
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.
Berryessa Gap Vineyards 2009  Barbera
88 points
$21
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.
Four Vines 2009 "The Sophisticate" Zinfandel
88 points
$24
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.
Kitchen Sink NV Reserve Red Table Wine California
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Domaine Sonoma 2009  Zinfandel
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Four Vines 2009 "Biker" Zinfandel
87 points
$24
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.
Bumgarner 2008  Tempranillo
87 points
$27
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.
Davis Family 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel
87 points
$30
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.
Wollersheim 2011  Sangiovese
86 points
$13
Best Buy
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
Scott Harvey 2009 Mountain Selection Barbera
86 points
$20
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.
Lucchesi Vineyards 2010 View Forever Vineyard Zinfandel
86 points
$21
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.
Pessagno 2009 Idyll Times Vineyard Zinfandel
86 points
$21
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.
Delfino 2010  Tempranillo
86 points
$25
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.
Forchini 2009 Proprietors Reserve, Old Vine Zinfandel
86 points
$26
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.
Vineyard 1869 2009  Zinfandel
86 points
$45
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.
Campus Oaks 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
85 points
$10.99
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
Campus Oaks 2008 Old Vine, Reserve Zinfandel
85 points
$17.99
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
Pend d’Oreille 2007 Kestrel Vineyard Sangiovese
85 points
$30
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.
Perry Creek 2010 "Altitude: 2401", Amorata Barbera
84 points
$19
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.
Pend d’Oreille 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo
84 points
$30
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.
Hawk Haven 2010  Tempranillo
84 points
$36
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.
Ledson 2008 Jolenes Old Vine Zinfandel
84 points
$36
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.
Pend d’Oreille 2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Zinfandel
82 points
$30
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.
Oak Leaf NV Sweet Red California
81 points
$3
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.
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