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November 2014 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals

November 2014 - US - Zinfandel and Calitals
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US - Zinfandel and Calitals Reviews

Scott Harvey 2012 Mountain Selection Barbera
94 points
$22
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.
CaliPaso 2012 Reserve Zinfandel
94 points
$25
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.
deLorimier 2012 Stone Zinfandel
94 points
$38
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.
Westport 2012 "Smoky Norwester" Columbia Valley
93 points
$26
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.
deLorimier 2012 Todd Brothers Zinfandel
93 points
$34
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.
deLorimier 2012 Margaret Zinfandel
93 points
$38
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.
August Ridge 2009 Estate Reserve, "Jovial" Paso Robles
93 points
$40
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.
Villa 46 2012  Zinfandel
92 points
$25
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.
RiverStar 2013  Tempranillo
91 points
$19
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.
RiverStar 2011 "Affinity" Paso Robles
91 points
$19
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.
Scott Harvey 2011 Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel
91 points
$32
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.
deLorimier 2012 Dutcher Creek Zinfandel
91 points
$36
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.
August Ridge 2009 Estate Sangiovese
90 points
$25
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.
Villa 46 2012  Tempranillo
90 points
$25
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.
deLorimier 2012 Harris Kratka Zinfandel
90 points
$38
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.
RiverStar 2011  Syrah
89 points
$18
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.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve Tempranillo
89 points
$22
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.
Castoro Cellars 2012 Estate, "Zinfusion" Paso Robles
89 points
$22
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.
Westport 2011 "Jetty Cat" Columbia Valley
89 points
$28
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.
Westport 2012 "Bella" Columbia Valley
89 points
$33
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.
deLorimier 2012 Luigi Zinfandel
89 points
$34
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.
deLorimier 2012 Osborn Ranches Primitivo
89 points
$36
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.
Ledson 2012 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
89 points
$36
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.
August Ridge 2010 Estate Nebbiolo
88 points
$26
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.
deLorimier 2012 Rege Zinfandel
88 points
$32
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.
deLorimier 2012 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
88 points
$34
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.
Wise Villa 2012  Sangiovese
88 points
$34.47
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
Waving Tree 2008 Reserve Barbera
87 points
$25
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.
Bar Z 2007 Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
87 points
$28
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.
Wise Villa 2012  Tempranillo
87 points
$34.47
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
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