November 2012 - US - Zinfandel & Mediterranean Reds

This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel, Charbono, Barbera, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, and blends thereof Wines
US - Zinfandel & Mediterranean Reds Reviews
200445
Starlite
2007 Zinfandel
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas of dried cherries, toffee, and earth with a silky textured dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried fruit, pomegranate sorbet and Asian spices on the long, fine tannin finish. A superbly stylish and nuanced zin; pair with prime rib.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200088
Piedra Creek
2008 Benito Dusi Vineyard Zinfandel
Garnet color. Rich cocoa dusted berries, dill pickle and dried currants with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, lime marmalade accented finish. A deliciously ripe and mouthwatering zin for sipping or pair with gourmet meatballs.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200124
Peirano
2011 "The Immortal Zin", Old Vine Zinfandel
Rich dark chocolate covered espresso bean and cherry-raspberry cobbler aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy blueberry gelato, craisin and spice finish. A nicely complex, balanced and flavorful zin for sipping or pair with gourmet burgers.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200375
Brazin
2009 (B)old Vine Zinfandel
Rich aromas of chocolate graham cracker, leather, and berry pie with a tangy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a sour cherry, cocoa, and spice driven finish. A zesty, flavorful zin that will pair with with spicy pork dishes.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200200
Coyote Canyon Winery
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo
Rich black raspberry, cherry, chocolate, and spice aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a jammy, zesty, blueberry, cedar, mineral and peppery spice accented finish. A delicious, mouthwatering zin that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200189
Ledson
2009 Bertetta Vineyard Zinfandel
Aromas of chocolate, honey and cherry custard with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, toasted nut and mineral laden finish. A finely poised zin for the table. Pair with braised short rib.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200372
Bota Box
2011 RedVolution California
Deep garnet purple color. Bright berry tart, toffee, baking spice aromas and flavors with a fruity medium body and juicy apple pie, cedar and spiced nut finish. A nice fruity red that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200201
Coyote Canyon Winery
2010 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Sangiovese
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted tomato, tart cherry, and ink with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart green apple and pomegranate finish with chewy, dusty tannins. Pair with osso bucco.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200095
Leone Italian
2006 Sangiovese
Deep ruby color. Aromas of spicy cherries, leather and soil with a supple, dry medium-to-full body and a chewy tangy honeyed berry, nut and earth finish. A really nice take on the grape in a style of ripe Chianti Classico.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200363
Peju Province
2009 Zinfandel
Interesting aromas of dried apple, toffee, craisins and beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and tangy, chocolate covered citrus, nut, and peppery spice driven finish with chewy tannins. Nice depth and complexity in a claret style; pair with spicy pork loins and pepper steak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200188
Ledson
2009 Sangiovese
Dark ruby color. Aromas of spiced cherries, craisins, and delicate herbed meat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chocolate and menthol-mint accented finish with chewy tannins. A nice sipper or pair with spicy lamb tagine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200190
Ledson
2009 Century Vine Zinfandel
Garnet. Aromas of waxy cherry and craisin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy chocolate raspberry tart and pomegranate sorbet finish. A zesty, satisfying zin with excellent structure and balance. Pair with gourmet bacon meat loaf.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200265
Heitz
2008 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
Deep ruby color. Layered aromas of dried cherries, cranberries, honeyed nuts, and flower patch soil with a gripping, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppered citrus, mocha, currant and starfruit driven finish with crunchy tannins. An excellent zin for the table. Pair with Mediterranean lamb dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200255
Hooker
2010 "Blind Side" Zinfandel
Aromas of toffee, clay, nougat and raspberry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy pomegranate, citrus, vanilla and spice driven finish. A nice racy, earthy zinfandel for the table; pair with spicy lamb dishes like tagine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200096
Leone Italian
2009 Dolcetto
Ruby color. Aromas of spiced plums, dried flowers and chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty citrus, cherry and a peppery spice finish with dusty tannins. A very nicely styled dolcetto for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200098
Leone Italian
2006 "Miscela Rossa" Columbia Valley
Deep ruby color. Aromas of berry pie and chocolate with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spiced cherry, cola, pear and mineral accented finish. A fine table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200373
Gnarly Head
2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of melted chocolate, cranberries, and beets with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart, pomegranate and caramel accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200442
Stein Family Wines
2010 "Just Joshin" Red Table Wine California
Violet color. Aromas of creamy chocolate mousse, raspberry tart, and spicy oak with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate citrus and apple sauce finish. A fruity, crowd pleasing red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200322
Castoro Cellars
2010 Reserve, "Zinfusion" Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of dried berries and spiced nut brittle with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, cranberry gelato and mineral accented finish. A nice food friendly zin to pair with braised meats and gourmet pizza.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200404
Home Grown Farms
2011 Barbera
Aromas of tomato and cherry relishes with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy spiced berry and praline finish. A tasty, carefree sipping red, or pair with lasagna.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200374
Gnarly Head
2010 Authentic Red Lodi
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherries, toffee, cedar, and spice with a soft fruity medium body and relaxed fruity finish. A nice easy drinking red that is sure to be a hit at parties.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200371
Bota Box
2011 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
Aromas of cocoa, red and dark berries with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, citrus and spiced nut finish. A carefree sipper.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200097
Leone Italian
2009 Nebbiolo
Pale ruby topaz color. Aromas of roasted cherries and tomatoes and nuts with soft, dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, spiced apple and earth driven finish. An interesting, lighter take on the weighty Italian varietal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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