June 2013 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals

This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel and Calitals Wines
US - Zinfandel and Calitals Reviews
202416
Lorenzi Estate
2009 Reserve Zinfandel
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!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201202
Maryhill
2010 Barbera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202434
Calcareous Vineyards
2011 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202376
Castle Rock
2011 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202221
Cardella
2010 Fattoria Cardella, L'aquedotto Vineyard Barbera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202360
Castoro Cellars
2011 Reserve, "Zinfusion" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201924
Rancho Zabaco
2010 Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202244
Viansa
2010 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202458
Jazz Cellars
2010 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202359
Castoro Cellars
2010 Estate Grown Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202398
Mazza Vineyards
2010 "La Famiglia Mazza" Nebbiolo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202435
Calcareous Vineyards
2011 "Twisted Sisters" Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202443
Maryhill
2010 Proprietor's Reserve Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202340
Lewis Station
NV Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202401
Brazin
2010 (B)old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202441
Maryhill
2010 Proprietor's Reserve Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202297
Parker’s Estate
2011 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202256
Hard Row to Hoe
2011 Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202477
Ledson
2008 "Jolene's Old Vine" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202442
Maryhill
2010 Proprietor's Reserve, "Tavolo Rosso" Columbia Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202243
Viansa
2010 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202444
Maryhill
2010 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201925
Rancho Zabaco
2010 Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202339
Heitz
2010 Grignolino
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202296
Magistrate
2011 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202439
Maryhill
2010 Northridge Vineyard Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202400
Gnarly Head
2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201212
Chessman
2010 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202278
Weibel Family
2009 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202338
Heitz
2009 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202341
Forchini
2010 Proprietor's Reserve, Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202482
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2008 Reserve, Estate Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201798
Barefoot
NV Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201819
Redwood Creek
2010 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202440
Maryhill
2010 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202399
Mazza Vineyards
2010 "La Famiglia Mazza" Barbera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202397
Mazza Vineyards
2010 "La Famiglia Mazza" Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202392
Backhouse
2011 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202220
Cardella
2010 Fattoria Cardella, Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202461
Flat Creek Estate
2011 "Super Texan" Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202478
Ledson
2009 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202327
Leaping Lizard
2011 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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