June 2014 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals

This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel and Calitals Wines
US - Zinfandel and Calitals Reviews
206814
Macauley
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Robust aromas of raspberry tart, mocha, and vanilla with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy oak spice kissed finish. Fantastic flavor and balance; this is what zinfandel is all about, pure pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206475
Sobon
2011 "ReZerve Zin" Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate graham crackers and raspberry custard tart with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and long, spicy blueberry cobbler, mineral, and nut finish. A delicious and robustly balanced example of what Amador zin is all about.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206566
Ledson
2011 "Century Vine" Zinfandel
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of dried cherries and custard pie with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, wonderfully balanced and tangy, cedar accented finish. A superb zinfandel for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206473
Sobon
2011 Rocky Top Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of baked berries, mint, nut brittle, and clay with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, exotic spice, blood orange, and eucalyptus accented finish. Vibrantly delicious.
93 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206471
Beauregard Vineyards
2010 Beauregard Ranch Zinfandel
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of sour cherries, leather, granite, olive, and cornichon with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pomegranate, pistachio nougat, and mint accented finish. A delicious sipper or table wine; try with Beijing Duck.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206565
Ledson
2011 "Ancient Vine" Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Aromas of mocha fudge, toasted coconut, and baked berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried berry, chocolate, and spice driven finish. A very elegant, restrained, and deep zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206695
Haraszthy Family Cellars
2012 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
Purple black color. Aromas of toasty raspberry tart and caramelized bacon with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, tangy, chocolate sour cherry, menthol mint, and nut brittle accented finish. A fun, flavor-packed zin that is sure to please.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206348
Zinfandelic
2012 Zinfandel
Garnet color. Rich aromas or raspberry compote, vanilla nut fudge, and a mint with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cherry tart, peppery spice, and cedar finish. A fun, flavorful, and very well balanced zin for all occasions.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206540
Grgich Hills
2010 Estate Grown Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mocha, cranberry jelly and cherries, and peppered steak tartare with egg with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, savory finish. An elegant, finely balanced zinfandel for sipping or rich lamb and beef dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206445
Small Hours
2012 Zinfandel
Ruby. Honeydew melon gelato, starfruit, cherry jam with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy orange, nut, and mineral accented finish with powdery tannins. A charming, balanced zin.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206548
Biltmore Estate
2012 Sangiovese
Garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry jam on toast and pepper dust with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy cherry, honeyed apple, and pencil shaving accented finish. Nice flavor and versatile style.
90 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206580
Chacewater
2012 Zinfandel
Garnet violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries, spiced nuts, and caramelized bacon with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, cherry and minty spice accented finish with chewy tannins. A nice, fruity, claret style zin.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206476
Sobon
2011 Barbera
Red brick color. Oak driven aromas of nuts, leather, dried cherries, and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy craisin, spice, beet, and earth nuanced finish. A nice meshing of old world and new world styles that will be great at the table.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206360
Brassfield Estate
2012 "Eruption" High Valley
Purple black color. Aromas of melted chocolate, black raspberries, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart berry and nutshell finish with clunky green tannins. Give this a bit of time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206417
Pedroncelli
2011 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberries, chocolate mint cookie, and mocha cream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy berry and pepper finish. A wonderfully dry claret style zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206528
Nevada Ridge
2011 Barbera
Garnet color. Bright aromas of berry custard pie and grape jam with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, creamy vanilla and savory pickled root vegetable accented finish. Tasty and rather zin-like.
89 points $21.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206529
Nevada Ridge
2011 Silver State Red Nevada
Ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate berries, cherry vinaigrette, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, dried sour cherry, chocolate pecan, and mineral accented finish. A very nice arc of tasty, table friendly flavors.
89 points $25.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206472
Beauregard Vineyards
2011 High Valley Vineyard Barbera
Ruby color. Interesting aromas of peach custard, grilled pineapple, and cherry-apple pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, pomegranate-orange sorbet, cedar, and earthy beet accented finish. Very distinctive, flavorful, and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206564
Ledson
2011 Sangiovese
Ruby black color. Aromas of nut brittle, berry yogurt, dried flowers, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a cocoa and dusty earth accented finish. stylish sangiovese for sipping or the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206512
ONEHOPE
2011 Zinfandel
Dark ruby color. Interesting suggestion of deep dish pizza and raspberry tart on the nose with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a round, juicy finish. A easy sipper or pizza wine.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206428
Besitos
NV Red Wine California
Dark ruby color. Aromas of berry custard, peppered pistachios, and caramelized bacon with a fruity medium body and a zesty chocolate orange and honeyed melon accented finish. A fun, fruity sipper.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206549
Biltmore Estate
NV "Century Red" American
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate graham cracker, dried berries and faint meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy blood orange, craisin, and nut finish with chewy tannins. A made crafted and versatile table wine or sipper.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206416
Pedroncelli
2011 "Mother Clone" Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of toffee, dark berries, and tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pepper, cherry and Key lime accented finish. A rock solid zin for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205884
Alexandria Nicole
2013 "Affinity" Albariño
Straw green color. Aromas of apples, peaches, sugared melon and mint with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a bright citrusy finish. A refreshing and interesting new world take on the classic Spanish varietal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206613
Elements
2012 Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of peppered tomatoes and cherries with a silky dryish medium body and a round, well balanced praline accented finish. A nicely reserved style for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206440
Bordeleau
2008 Amarone Style Wine Maryland
Dusty orange brick red color. Aromas of tomatoes on the vine, cinnamon vanilla cake, and honeyed dried cherries with a supple, fruity medium body and a raisin and mocha cream finish. A touch rustic at first but quite tasty and table friendly. Intriguing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206526
Nevada Ridge
2011 Zinfandel
Red brick color. Interesting aromas of spice cake, chocolate mint and cherry, and root beer with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy raisin and pepper finish. Big and tasty.
88 points $25.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206563
Ledson
2011 Estate Barbera
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha gelato and berry cream pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crunchy apple, grain, and chewy tannin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206525
Barefoot
NV Zinfandel
Purple black color. Aromas of smoked nuts, chocolate, and roasted berries with a soft, fruity medium body and a juicy apple sauce, grape skin, and cedar accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206474
Sobon
2012 Old Vines Zinfandel
Garnet color. Aromas of toffee, berry tart, and seared bacon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, currant, melon, spiced nut, and tobacco accented finish.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206530
Charleston Peak
2010 Sangiovese
Ruby color. Dried cherries, nuts, and leather with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly oxidized raisin, earth, and a dried apple finish. Serve with food.
84 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206347
Zinfandelic
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas of raspberry jam on pastry toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, firm tannin finish.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206527
Nevada Ridge
2011 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas of ink, oil, smoked nuts and cocoa with a supple, dryish medium body and a smoked meat, sorghum, cedar ash, and grilled pear accented finish. Different. Try with grilled venison.
83 points $21.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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