November 2013 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals

This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel and Calitals Wines
US - Zinfandel and Calitals Reviews
204050
Tulocay
2010 Zinfandel
Deep garnet purple color. Rich aromas and flavors of cherries, raspberries, and pickled tomatoes with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, exotic berry, peppercorn, nut, parsley, and beet finish with robust tannins. A great melange of savory fruit, spice and vegetable notes that will be great at the table. This is old school Napa zin at its finest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204355
Ledson
2010 Ancient Vine, Reserve Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Dense aromas of spicy, honeyed dried berries, peaches, and pears are unique and very attractive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, chiseled finish with pure, tangy grilled apple, spice, nut, roasted root vegetable, cedar and earth notes. A incredibly impressive zin for savoring on its own or to serve the finest cuts of meat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204260
Maryhill
2009 Barbera
Garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut brittle, mocha, beets, and strawberry-rhubarb tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, savory finish with notes of pepper, parsnip, sour cherry, and spices with chewy tannins. A great domestic barbera that will sing at the table.
93 points $16.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204409
Haraszthy Family Cellars
2010 Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of smoked bacon, spiced nuts, chocolate, and red berry tart are very unique and impressive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, seared back bacon, craisin, and nut driven finish. Will be amazing with bbq baby back ribs or any grilled meats.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204215
Summit Lake
2008 Estate Zinfandel
Deep garnet color. Brambly aromas of toffee, coconut cookie, lingonberry jam, and herbs with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy sour cherry, craisin, pepper dust, and mineral finish with chewy, food friendly tannins. A nice appetizing zin for sipping or the table with spicy pork dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204354
Ledson
2010 Old Vine, Reserve Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Rich aromas of chocolate mint, blueberries, and spicy praline with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy, peppered nut and vanilla cream kissed finish with fine tannins. Very big and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204214
Summit Lake
2009 Estate Zinfandel
Deep garnet color with a fading rim. Minutely oxidized aromas of black raspberry vinaigrette, dried Montmorency cherries, coconut, and bread pudding with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and long, peppery finish with notes of baking spices, sundried tomato, and minerals. A complex zin for the table. Drink up.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203729
Grgich Hills
2009 Estate Grown Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of spicy raspberry compote, peppercorn, and chocolate yogurt with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and nice savory, pickling spice twist on the long chewy tannin finish. A very nice claret style zinfandel that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204209
Mariposa
2011 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, chocolate fudge, tobacco, and peppercorn with a tangy medium-to-full body and mouthwatering blood orange, cranberry, toasty praline, and mineral accented finish. Excellent vibrancy and purity of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204176
Midnight Cellars
2010 Estate Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of dried blueberries, raspberries and cherries and candle wax with a supple, fruity medium-full body and a zesty candied lime, raisin, pepper, and blood orange sorbet finish. A big, racy zin that is sure to please zinheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204412
Powder Keg
2009 Zinfandel
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries, bacon bits, and flan with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, raspberry, cocoa, and orange jelly on toast finish. Very tasty and sure to please; a great burger or bbq wine.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204210
Mariposa
2011 "Viceroy" Paso Robles
Brilliant ruby color. Deep aromas of cherry and loganberry compotes, toffee, and mocha with a interesting herbal accent follow through on a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp apple, vanilla nut and pomegranate nuanced finish. A nice zesty choice for lamb dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204152
JC Cellars
2011 "The Impostor" California
Deep garnet purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of prunes, craisins, dried flowers, and beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a roasted root vegetable and salted nut accented finish. A dense table wine that is little shy right now. Give this some time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204353
Ledson
2010 Old Vine, Amy's Vineyard Zinfandel
Deep garnet color. Dense aromas of dried strawberries, blueberries, and cherries with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an interesting bouillon, pickled beets and peppers, mocha, cedar, and earth nuanced finish. Quite a lot going on; nice now but better in a couple of years.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204410
Harlow Ridge
2012 Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberries and waxy honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pencil shaving, cherry, pomegranate, and mineral accented finish. A nice everyday wine.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204411
Masked Rider
2012 "The Fiddler" Zinfandel
Ruby violet color. Aromas of craisin, mocha, and nutshells with a supple, tangy medium body and juicy cherry, spice, and cedar accented finish.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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