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June 2013 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals

June 2013 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals
This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel and Calitals Wines

US - Zinfandel and Calitals Reviews

Lorenzi Estate 2009 Reserve Zinfandel
97 points
$35
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of olive, leather, chocolate wafer, and dried cherries with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a long, complex, pickled beet, blueberry, raisin, bacon fat, and floral orange nuanced finish. A deeply flavorful and balanced world-class zinfandel that is sure to delight. Impressive!
Maryhill 2010  Barbera
94 points
$16.95
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Captivating aromas of exotic spices, berry compote and chocolate toffee with with a satiny fruity medium-to-full body and juicy cranberry and mocha gelato, spice and praline finish. An absolutely delicious and nuanced fruity Barbera that is one of best domestic examples of the grape and an unbelievable value.
94 points $16.95 Best Buy
Calcareous Vineyards 2011  Zinfandel
94 points
$36
Rich aromas of mocha, peppercorn, and baked apples and cherries with a satiny, fruity, medium-full body and a very long and concentrated finish with notes of apricot, honey, and caramelized nuts. Powerfully delicious.
Castle Rock 2011  Zinfandel
93 points
$11
Best Buy
Garnet color. Bright aromas of raspberry pastry and cherry gelato with a silky fruity medium body and a long tangy orange sherbet and spice cake accented finish. Very tasty and sure to please.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, Laquedotto Vineyard Barbera
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of blackberry-blueberry tart, minerals, peppercorn and nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pure chewy, craisin,honey and earth accented finish. A great marriage of Old World style and New World fruitiness that will shine at the table.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Castoro Cellars 2011 Reserve, "Zinfusion" Zinfandel
93 points
$23
Rich chocolate roasted nut, raspberry jam, and caramel fudge aromas and flavors with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a dense, slightly buttery finish with fine tannins. Richly packed with flavor.
Rancho Zabaco 2010 Reserve Zinfandel
93 points
$24
Deep garnet violet color. Bright raspberry, caramelized nut, and chocolate aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a blueberry gelato accented finish with chewy tannins. A spot on zinfandel.
Viansa 2010  Sangiovese
93 points
$30
Aromas of mocha, vanilla, and berry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a nice savory herb, spiced and roasted root vegetable accented finish with chewy fine tannins. A wonderfully flavorful, balanced and savory table wine.
Jazz Cellars 2010  Zinfandel
93 points
$37
Aromas of raspberry custard pie, mocha, and spiced nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, zesty spicy apple pie, citrus sorbet, pepper and cocoa accented finish. A vivacious and delicious zinfandel.
Castoro Cellars 2010 Estate Grown Zinfandel
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Rich aromas of raspberry and cherry jams and chocolate nougat bar with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a pure tangy, creamy mocha accented finish. Really pure, tasty and rich.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Mazza Vineyards 2010 "La Famiglia Mazza" Nebbiolo
92 points
$19.95
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Bright aromas and flavors of spicy red berry sauce, cocoa, and licorice with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an earthy, tart cranberry and spice accented finish. A really vibrant, clean and flavor packed nebbiolo that will be great at the table with spicy meats and bbq.
92 points $19.95 Best Buy
Calcareous Vineyards 2011 "Twisted Sisters" Zinfandel
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Aromas of boysenberries, dried cherries, spice, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body a long, tangy, blood orange, nectarine, and slate accented finish. Nice bright fruit and a great acidity for the table.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Maryhill 2010 Proprietors Reserve Zinfandel
92 points
$29.95
Dark ruby black color. Rich chocolate, coffee and berry pie aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy, baking spice, sassafras, and toffee finish with chewy tannins. A delicious and satisfying sipper.
92 points $29.95
Lewis Station NV  Zinfandel
91 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, mocha toffee, and frosted apricot pastry with a supple, very fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy coffee cake finish. Deliciously confected berry and spice flavors abound.
91 points $15.99 Best Buy
Brazin 2010 (B)old Vine Zinfandel
91 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, spiced berry compote, jerky, and mocha with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty sweet citrus, apple, blueberry and nutty oak finish. A really precisely balanced and tasty zin that will be great with gourmet burgers or pork loins.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Maryhill 2010 Proprietors Reserve Sangiovese
91 points
$19.95
Aromas of mocha cream, clay, chocolate cherry and pickling spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, zesty lemon pepper and herb accented finish. A robust and lively sangiovese that be brilliant at the table with hearty meat and pasta dishes.
91 points $19.95
Parker’s Estate 2011  Zinfandel
91 points
$19.99
Aromas of floral honey and wild strawberry pie a la mode with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, tangy cherry and spiced apple finish. A very tasty and table friendly claret style zinfandel.
91 points $19.99
Hard Row to Hoe 2011  Tempranillo
91 points
$28
Ruby red color. Aromas and flavors of spiced cherry and berry-banana custard with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy cocoa and spiced nut accented finish. Very tasty.
Ledson 2008 "Jolenes Old Vine" Zinfandel
91 points
$28
Aromas of blackberry, chocolate and spice with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth tobacco, sour cherry, tobacco and pepper finish. Nicely balanced and flavorful with a mature style.
Maryhill 2010 Proprietors Reserve, "Tavolo Rosso" Columbia Valley
91 points
$32
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha, pepper, spiced nuts and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate citrus peel, creamy vanilla and earth accented finish. A great table with to pair with meat and pasta dishes.
Viansa 2010  Zinfandel
91 points
$35
Aromas of toffee, clay, dried berries and olive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nutty, grassy earth and apple finish with fine gripping tannins. A very nicely structured table wine; serve with spicy pork loins.
Maryhill 2010  Zinfandel
90 points
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of chocolate nut fudge, coffee bean, and creme brulee with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, dark berry and peppery spice accented finish. A remarkably balanced zin, especially at this alcohol level.
Rancho Zabaco 2010 Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Rich aromas of chocolate cherry fudge and raspberry jam scream zinfandel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty peppered strawberry and earth finish with chewy tannins. A textbook example of California zinfandel.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Heitz 2010  Grignolino
90 points
$19
Limpid ruby violet color. Bright grapy aromas with spiced cherry and watermelon accents. Silky textured with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a blood orange, cinnamon and nectarine accented finish. If you like sangria you will love this interesting, super quaffable red.
Magistrate 2011  Zinfandel
90 points
$19.99
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla custard with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a nuanced herb and spiced cherry and apple accented finish. Very tasty, balanced and versatile.
90 points $19.99
Maryhill 2010 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo
89 points
$32
Toasty toffee, vanilla, and mocha aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a a tangy, bloody orange, apple and honeyed nut accented finish.
Gnarly Head 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Rich aromas of mocha, crispy bacon, and frosted berry danish with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, tangy berry and citrus splash on the finish. A nice zesty zin for all occasions.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chessman 2010  Zinfandel
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Warm cherry and cedar aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and tangy raspberries, raisins, mocha, and baking spices tingling nicely on the long finish. A fun fruity zin.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Weibel Family 2009  Zinfandel
88 points
$16.95
Aromas of cherry-cranberry pie, molasses, and praline with a soft, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery spice, golden raisin, melon sorbet accented finish with powdery tannins. A nice table wine.
88 points $16.95
Heitz 2009 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
88 points
$25
Aromas of buttery white chocolate fudge, peppery spices, and raspberry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, chocolate covered citrus, and berry finish. Nicely balanced and stylish.
Forchini 2010 Proprietors Reserve, Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$28
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberries, cranberries, chocolate and honeycomb with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spiced nut accented finish and polished tannins. A nice tidy zinfandel for the table.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2008 Reserve, Estate Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$30
Bright mocha yogurt nuts, and cherry pastry aromas with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a supple, salted nut, and earth finish. A nice savory table wine.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Inky purple color. Aromas of vanilla buttercream, raspberry jam, and peach pie with a supple fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, orange sorbet and apple sauce finish. A refreshingly fun and flavorful red.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Redwood Creek 2010  Zinfandel
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of berry cobbler a la mode and praline with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy berry, nut and milk chocolate rice bar finish. Very tasty, fruity and sure to please the crowd.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Maryhill 2010  Sangiovese
87 points
$16.95
Mild aromas of chocolate rice candy, dried meat, and cherry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, ripe tomato and spice accented finish. A tasty table wine.
87 points $16.95
Mazza Vineyards 2010 "La Famiglia Mazza" Barbera
87 points
$19.95
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry cranberry and sour cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and and a tart berry, mineral and grass accented finish. A nice tangy red for the table, especially spicy meats.
87 points $19.95
Mazza Vineyards 2010 "La Famiglia Mazza" Sangiovese
87 points
$19.95
Dusty ruby color. Bold aromas of chestnut honey, dried cherries, and strawberry compote with a tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty young coconut and earth accented finish. A zesty table wine.
87 points $19.95
Backhouse 2011  Zinfandel
86 points
$7
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Spicy cherry pie and chocolate aromas with supple, fruity medium body and a juicy caramel apple and melon accented finish. A nice fruity everyday sipper.
86 points $7 Best Buy
Cardella 2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
86 points
$18
Mild cherry custard aroma with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet baking spice medley, apple pie, and chestnut brittle note on the crisp, crunchy tannin finish.
Flat Creek Estate 2011 "Super Texan" Sangiovese
86 points
$19.95
Rich aromas and flavors of melted toffee, wild berries, tomatoes on the vine, and nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and tangy, cranberry, blood orange, and grass accented finish. A nice rustic red for the table; pair with lamb and pasta dishes.
86 points $19.95
Ledson 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
84 points
$34
Dull ruby color. Mild aromas of melon, cherry tart and pomegranate molasses with a soft, dryish medium body and leather and oily nut finish and powdery tannins. Pleasant enough, but seems a bit tired
Leaping Lizard 2011  Zinfandel
83 points
$9.99
Garnet color. Smoky aromas of charred toffeed nuts and singed berry pie with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a mulberry jam and sweet potato accented finish.
83 points $9.99
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