November 2014 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals

This month's Wine feature is US - Zinfandel and Calitals Wines
US - Zinfandel and Calitals Reviews
208133
Scott Harvey
2012 Mountain Selection Barbera
Ruby color. Attractive fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, peach cobbler, and sweet cream with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of nut skin, mineral, dark chocolate mint, and oak with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A toothsome and finely balanced wine that is a pleasure to drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208257
CaliPaso
2012 Reserve Zinfandel
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered peaches and cherries, almond nougat, and macaroon with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with suggestions of nuts, minerals, and raspberry jam on toast with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious, full throttled zin with surprising nuances and delicacy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208069
deLorimier
2012 Stone Zinfandel
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate, prunes, and fruit leather with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length finish with shades of raspberry, vanilla, and nougat with silky tannins. A spot on, rich, juicy zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208107
Westport
2012 "Smoky Nor'wester" Columbia Valley
Dark ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of creme brulee, raspberry pie a la mode, and cherry salt water taffy with a silky, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish with accents of Neapolitan gelato and blood orange with crunchy tannins. A tasty, refreshing red for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208070
deLorimier
2012 Todd Brothers Zinfandel
Dark ruby color. Delicate oaky aromas and flavors of mocha, buttery toffee, and berry tart with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with accents of sweet spice and dried cherry with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, superbly balanced zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208067
deLorimier
2012 Margaret Zinfandel
Dark ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of pistachios, honeyed berries, and carob rice bar with a silky, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing finish with accents of chocolate raspberry torte, nuts, and earth with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and vibrant zinfandel with mouthwatering acidity and finesse.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208247
August Ridge
2009 Estate Reserve, "Jovial" Paso Robles
Ruby brick red color. Complex aromas and flavors of chestnut toffee, cherry tart, tomato focaccia, and peppered parsley with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity body and a graceful, subtle, medium-long finish with accents of nuts, earth, and mulberry jam with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delightful mature wine with distinctive, savory nuances.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208255
Villa 46
2012 Zinfandel
Dark garnet violet black color. Peppery aromas and flavors of chocolate mole, marinated beets, and dried berries with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long finish with suggestions of creamy vanilla, nougat, and pineapple marmalade with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, voluptuous zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208424
RiverStar
2013 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Interesting aromas of cherry compote, pepper bread, fennel, and chocolate bar with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cranberry toast, minerals, kiwi, and blood orange finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A great, table friendly tempranillo with palate refreshing acidity and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208426
RiverStar
2011 "Affinity" Paso Robles
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie and berry chutney with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of menthol mint, honeyed nuts, and roasted beet with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and lively go-to wine for all occasions, especially Middle Eastern cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208134
Scott Harvey
2011 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
Medium ruby color. Interesting aromas of pistachio gelato, dried cherries, flavored honey, and clay with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length raspberry, apple skin, and cocoa finish with silky tannins and light oak. An exceptionally balanced and claret-like zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208062
deLorimier
2012 Dutcher Creek Zinfandel
Dark garnet color. Peppery aromas of roasted cherries and peppers and black raspberry tart with a bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, captivating, medium-length chocolate nuts, bold peppery spices, and caramel apple finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A big brawny zinfandel for sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208248
August Ridge
2009 Estate Sangiovese
Dark brick red color. Bright aromas of tomato paste, cherry compote, floral honeycomb, and cocoa with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, breezy craisin, chestnuts, earth, and tomato finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A spot on sangiovese with lots of savory Old World character and charm.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208254
Villa 46
2012 Tempranillo
Dark garnet color. Lively aromas of toasted meringue and berry tart with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length roasted beets and peppers, earth, and salted nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious, age worthy Tempranillo that is drinking brilliantly right now.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208066
deLorimier
2012 Harris Kratka Zinfandel
Dark ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cherry compote, chestnut honey, and chocolate covered orange peels with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of spiced nuts, raspberry sorbet, and tobacco leaf with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An elegantly balanced zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208425
RiverStar
2011 Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate rice bar, mocha gelato, and mint with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length finish with overtones of spiced berries, earth, nuts, and peppery spices with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A big, juicy syrah that wakes up the palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208109
Castoro Cellars
2012 Estate Reserve Tempranillo
Garnet violet color. Bright aromas of vanilla nougat and honeyed cranberry toast with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length roasted beets, herbs, and spices finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, savory tempranillo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208110
Castoro Cellars
2012 Estate, "Zinfusion" Paso Robles
Dark ruby color. Rich toasty aromas and flavors of raspberry pie, tapioca, and roasted nuts with a supple, vibrant, fruity body and a warming, delightful finish with accents of nougat and peppery spices with fine tannins and light oak. A rock solid zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208108
Westport
2011 "Jetty Cat" Columbia Valley
Ruby color. Toasty aromas of roasted coconut, berry chutney, and toasty praline with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length floral honey, cherries, cedar, and spice finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A vivacious red that will be a fine dinner companion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208106
Westport
2012 "Bella" Columbia Valley
Dark garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted angel food cake, berry chutney, and burnt sugar with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing finish with touches of lemon pepper, cedar, earth, and vanilla nuts with fine tannins and light oak. A well balanced, versatile, and flavorful red blend.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208063
deLorimier
2012 Luigi Zinfandel
Dark ruby black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of berry tart, chocolate, and nougat with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging finish with accents of toasted cranberry bread, spiced apple, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A big, mouthwatering zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208065
deLorimier
2012 Osborn Ranches Primitivo
Dark garnet color. Lively aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries, pepper dust, mocha cookie, and sandalwood with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of raspberries in cream and praline with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rich, chocolate, fruity zin that packs a pleasant wallop.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208423
Ledson
2012 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
Dark violet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked berry, dried cherries, and earth with a supple, dryish medium body and a tingling, snappy finish with shades of toffee and pepper with crunchy tannins. A nice all purpose drier styled zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208249
August Ridge
2010 Estate Nebbiolo
Brick red color. Earthy aromas and flavors of baked fruits, beeswax, and peppery spices with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with accents of dried apricot, flower patch, spiced nuts, and tomato jelly with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A solid nebbiolo with good acidity and varietal character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208068
deLorimier
2012 Rege Zinfandel
Dark ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and raspberry tart with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, easy finish with accents of cherries and honey with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A tasty zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208064
deLorimier
2012 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
Dark ruby violet black color. Aromas and flavors of almond nougat, vanilla cupcake, and berry tart with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of nut brittle with crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid, age-worthy sangiovese for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206463
Wise Villa
2012 Sangiovese
Dark ruby blue violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry pie and delicate spice with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length finish with nuances of sweet cream, nougat, earthy nuts, and reduced lemon with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A solid sangiovese for sipping or the table.
88 points $34.47
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208322
Waving Tree
2008 Reserve Barbera
Dark garnet violet black color. Bold aromas of cherry brandy, chocolate liqueur, coconut creme brulee, and rum raisin cake with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cranberry, pepper, earth, and lemon polished wood finish with chewy tannins. Lots of interesting rum barrel tones here, different and fun at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208190
Bar Z
2007 Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
Dark brick red mahogany color. Herbal earthy aromas of tomato on the vine, chestnut honey, and dried cherries with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, breezy pomegranate and pickled beets and tomatoes finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice, rustic savory table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206464
Wise Villa
2012 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cranberry toast and pomegranate with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of spiced nuts and nutskins with firm tannins and moderate oak. A solid domestic tempranillo that needs a good steak.
87 points $34.47
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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