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November 2015 - US Zinfandel, All Italian & Spanish Varietals

November 2015 - US Zinfandel, All Italian & Spanish Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Zinfandel, All Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines

US Zinfandel, All Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

deLorimier 2013  Primitivo
96 points
$34
Black ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of blueberry cobbler and macadamia gelato with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long cashew toffee and chocolate coconut dream bar finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A hedonist, richly flavored, super balanced zinfandel.
Forchini 2013 "Old Vine" Proprietors Reserve Zinfandel
95 points
$30
Deep purple color. Inviting, complex aromas of raisin-berry tart, creme brulee, and delicate baking spices with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long dried berries, chocolate, and vanilla custard finish with fine, chewy tannins. A spectacularly flavorful, complex and elegant zinfandel.
deLorimier 2013 River Lane Reserve Zinfandel
95 points
$42
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Bright, attractive, spicy aromas of berry chutney, chocolate cream pie, and coconut macaroon with a supple, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long spiced dried cherries, vanilla toffee, and roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A vibrant, seamless, sensationally flavor stacked zinfandel.
deLorimier 2013 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
94 points
$36
Deep purple color. Bright, fruity, nutty buttery aromas of fresh toffee, black raspberry pie a la mode, mocha latte, and honeyed raisin toast with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, very long caramelized fruits, vanilla spiced nuts, and cedar finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A ridiculously delicious and enticing zinfandel.
Peachy Canyon 2012 Vortex Zinfandel
94 points
$38
Violet color. Delicate, attractive aromas of nougat and mixed berry compote with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length dried cherries, honey, vanilla praline, and cola finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A warming, nicely balanced claret style zinfandel.
deLorimier 2013 Stone Ranch Reserve Zinfandel
94 points
$44
Black violet color. Bright, fruity aromas of dried berries and cherries and sweet spicy nuts with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long blood orange marmalade, toffee, and toffee finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A toothsome, mouthwatering zinfandel that is sure to please.
Sloan Family Vineyards 2012 Primitivo Due Ruscelli Zinfandel
93 points
$29
Violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of black raspberries, chocolate, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long dried sour cherries and oranges, sweet marinated beets, and vanilla finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A delicious, mouthwatering zinfandel.
Peachy Canyon 2013 Bailey Zinfandel
93 points
$38
Violet color. Bright aromas of vanilla toffee and berry pie a la mode. with a velvety, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long sour cherry, chocolate craisin and lemon peel, and peppery spice finish with fine tannins and light oak. An zesty, hedonistic delight.
Peachy Canyon 2012 Clevenger Zinfandel
93 points
$38
Deep purple color. Bright aromas of dark chocolate and berry tart with a satiny, vibrant, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried sour cherry, candied citrus peels, nuts, and prune finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A delicious and smooth, spot on zinfandel.
Michael Gill Cellars 2014 Tantrum Tempranillo
93 points
$42
Dark black garnet color. Jammy, fruity confected aromas of black raspberry, red velvet icing, candied violets, and spiced vanilla jam with a chewy, shy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long dried cherry, black raspberry confection, vanilla bean, and black licorice finish with silky tannins and heavy oak. Dark, confectionary shop on the nose brings to mind berry, violet and mocha pastries that leads to an over the top, dark, jammy, briary palate with soft tannins and a fruit chewy finish.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2012 "Ciapusci Ancient Vine" Zinfandel
92 points
$62
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, attractive aromas of black raspberry tart, vanilla nuts, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length caramel cream finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. An elegant, penetrating zinfandel.
Cardella 2013 Fattoria Cardella Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Bright ruby black color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas of mocha, berry cobbler, and chocolate cherries and nuts with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length orange chiffon and toffee finish with silky tannins and light oak. A silky and delicious sangiovese.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Pend d’Oreille 2014  Albarino
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, confected floral inviting aromas of white peach, apple blossom, sliced mango, and ginger root with a creamy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, distinctive, medium-length peaches and cream, sweet papaya, Meyer lemon, and creek stone finish with no tannins and no oak. Over delivers lush melon, mango and pineapple flavors with sweet citrus acidity and a silky mouthfeel all wrapped with a lovely creek stone minerality.
91 points $18 Best Buy
ONEHOPE 2013  Zinfandel
91 points
$18.99
Dark violet color. Bright aromas of toffee and berry pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length sweet citrus and vanilla butter cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A sexy, super fruity zin.
91 points $18.99
Orison Pipa 2014  Vinho Blanco
91 points
$21
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity, herbal grassy minerally aromas of lemongrass, lime zest, white grapefruit, and wet stones with a satiny, racy, bone-dry medium body and a sleek, elegant, medium-length juicy lemon, white plum, crisp apple, and creek stone finish with no tannins and no oak. Bright and minerally white full of crisp, vibrant citrus and mouth watering fruit.
Zina Hyde Cunningham 2012 "Ricetti Lane" Zinfandel
91 points
$32
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, nutty aromas of chocolate nut brittle and blackberry pie a la mode with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length nougat and earth finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins. A very polished and engaging zinfandel.
Michael Gill Cellars 2013 Oso Blanco Vermentino
91 points
$40
Emerald straw color. Delicate, nutty aromas of lemon creme brulee and praline with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length yellow apple, vanilla cream, and spice finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A a very smooth and tasty white wine.
Michael Gill Cellars 2014 Il Elione Zinfandel
91 points
$42
Bright dark garnet black color. Jammy, fruity savory creamy aromas of spicy black raspberries, mocha - milk chocolate, turned earth, and black pepper with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak.
The Federalist 2013  Zinfandel
90 points
$17.76
Best Buy
Violet color. Delicate aromas of black raspberry, vanilla custard, and toffee with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length berry pie a la mode, cedar, and nutskin finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant, well oaked zinfandel with nice structure.
90 points $17.76 Best Buy
Peachy Canyon 2013 Westside Zinfandel
90 points
$20
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, creamy inviting peppery aromas of ripe mulberries, black currants, milk chocolate mocha, and black pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long finish with firm, woody, well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak.
Nevada Ridge 2013  Tempranillo
90 points
$21.95
Dusty light ruby color. Bright, oaky, fruity jammy aromas of toasty vanilla, cherry, spice, and dark cocoa with a satiny, soft, dry medium body and a smooth, refreshing, long blood orange, dried plum, spiced cherry cider, and vanilla finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A fascinating and delicious tempranillo with notes of spice, grilled blood orange, bitter chocolate, dried plum and cherry with deliciously chewy tannins on the long finish.
90 points $21.95
Ingleside Vineyards 2014  Albariño
90 points
$24.95
Bright straw green color. Bright, floral, fruity exotic citrusy aromas of pineapple, Meyer lemon, white peach, and lemon balm with a satiny, lively, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-length juicy pineapple, sweet lemon - orange zest, mango, and creek stones finish with no tannins and no oak. Bright sweet citrus, lemon and orange, is a theme throughout this refreshing white with loads of peach and pineapple and fresh spring creek stone minerality.
90 points $24.95
Kitzke 2012 Estate Grown Sangiovese
90 points
$25
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, herbal nutty aromas of spicy black cherry jam, green herbs, toasted chestnuts, and cherry Pez with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-length finish with firm, fine, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Heitz 2012 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
90 points
$26.50
Brick red color. Delicate, fruity aromas of mixed berries and nougat with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length cherries, delicate spice, cola, and pepper finish with fine tannins and light oak. A dry, elegant, claret style zin.
90 points $26.50
Danenberger Family Vineyards 2012 Desagacé "Coup De Foudre" Red Wine American
90 points
$32
Ruby black color. Bright, toasty aromas of coconut custard, grilled berries, and conditioned wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy spicy pickle, marinated beets, and cedar plank finish with light oak. A nice combination of fruity and savory notes in a medium weight oak frame.
Monte De Oro 2012 Estate Grown Zinfandel
90 points
$32
Dusty brick red color. Fruity aromas of honeyed berries, toffee, peppercorn muffin, and polished wood with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy chocolate citrus peels, spicy sweet pickle, and cola finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A round, savory and spicy zin.
La Piazza 2012 Super Tuscan Reserve Sonoma Valley
90 points
$38
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, nutty, toasty aromas of ripe spiced black cherries, damson plums, roasted chestnuts, and red licorice with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish with silky tannins and light oak.
R. Stuart 2012 Deux Vert Vineyard Tempranillo
90 points
$40
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, earthy, fruity jammy toasty aromas of spiced dark cherries, strawberry jam, loess, and cigar wrapper with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Ledson 2012 "Ciapusci Ancient Vine" Zinfandel
90 points
$68
Bright medium brick red color. Mild, fruity, peppery aromas of black raspberries, briar, mince meat, and black pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, easy finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Maddalena 2013  Zinfandel
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright dark garnet black color. Rich, fruity, jammy peppery earthy aromas of black raspberry jam, black plums, gravel, and black pepper with a bright, dry full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Cardella 2013 Laquedotta Vineyard Barbera
89 points
$17
Garnet black color. Bright, smoky aromas of roasted nuts and coffee, mocha, and berry compote with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dried sour cherries and berry yogurt finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky barbera sipper.
Cardella 2012 Fattoria Cardella Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
89 points
$18
Violet color. Bright aromas of spiced cherries and boysenberries and mocha with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate nuts and citrus and butter cream finish with light oak. A lively and refreshing sangiovese.
Chillhouse 2012  Zinfandel
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Mild aromas of baked berries, cocoa, and pickling spices with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy dried berries and raisins, chocolate orange peels, and nuts finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice and easy, everyday zin.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Big Fire 2012 "Big Fire" Tempranillo
88 points
$20
Dark garnet color. Rich, fruity, jammy minerally smoky aromas of exotic berries, curry, vanilla nougat, and dark stones with a bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long cherry compote, dried exotic red fruits, vanilla, and grilled blood orange finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Rich and juicy with elegant tannins and well-balanced acidity frame notes of spice, exotic fruit and grilled blood orange.
Kitzke 2010 Monte Caramelle Columbia Valley
88 points
$33
Black ruby color. Bright, savory aromas of olives, dried berries, chocolate, and smoked nuts with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, brisk blood orange and earth finish with dusty, firm tannins and light oak. A refreshing red for the table; give this a bit of time.
deLorimier 2013 Harris Kratka Reserve Zinfandel
88 points
$42
Bright dark garnet black color. Fruity, minerally jammy floral aromas of black raspberries, geranium, gravel, and mocha and a hint of black pepper with a bright, dryish full body and a peppery, complex, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
Ledson 2012  Zinfandel
88 points
$58
Brick red color. Delicate, fruity aromas of baked berries, honey, and pomegranate with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy chocolate and vanilla nuts finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and light oak. An ethereal, dry zinfandel for the table.
Kitzke 2012  Nebbiolo
87 points
$33
Burnt sienna color. Bold, fruity, jammy aromas of black raspberry, lingonberry, vanilla, and cherry jam with a creamy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a silky, refreshing, medium-length red cherry, sliced plum, dark garden soil, and vanilla pomegranate cake finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. Juicy and fruit forward with well-integrated tannins, rich earthiness and a bold, dark cherry, satisfying finish.
Hammersky Vineyards 2012 Estate Grown Zinfandel
87 points
$49
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, grainy minty peppery aromas of black raspberries, dried herbs, wheaties cereal, and black pepper with a lightly tannic, tart, dryish full body and a peppery, distinctive, breezy finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Pedroncelli 2013 Mother Clone Zinfandel
86 points
Bright dark black ruby color. Lively, vaporous aromas of baked berries, smoked pepper and meat, and wood polish with a glycerous, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-length chocolate fondue, roasted chestnuts, and cedar finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A warming, chewy zin.
Nevada Ridge 2013  Primitivo
86 points
$25.95
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky toasty aromas of creme di cassis, toffee, mocha , and ripe vine cuttings with an lively, dryish full body and a warming, delightful, snappy finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $25.95
Opaque 2013  Zinfandel
86 points
$30
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, oaky peppery aromas of black raspberry, mocha, baked parchment, and black pepper with an crisp, dry full body and a peppery, interesting, rapid finish with firm, clunky tannins and light oak.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
85 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dark deep purple color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry pie and nut brittle with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla custard and roasted nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A fruit, easy drinking quaffer.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Nevada Ridge 2013  Zinfandel
85 points
$27.95
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity aromas of ripe mulberries, raspberries, tootsie rolls, and black pepper with a lightly tannic, tart, dryish full body and a peppery, short finish with papery, firm tannins and light oak.
85 points $27.95
deLorimier 2013 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
85 points
$36
Bright dark ruby black color. Lively, confected, fruity sweet nutty aromas of red ribbon Christmas candy, cherry licorice, baked parchment, and chestnuts with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a warming, charming, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Monte De Oro 2012 Monte de Oro Vineyard Estate Grown Tempranillo
85 points
$38
Bright medium brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, funky floral aromas of ripe spiced plums, black cherries, black pepper, and chocolate coconut macaroon with a bright, dry full body and a warming, delightful, relaxed finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Peachy Canyon 2013 Incredible Red Zinfandel
84 points
$12
Bright medium brick red color. Rubbery, jammy fruity spicy aromas of spiced raspberries, molten plastic, milk chocolate, and black pepper with a bright, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, rapid finish with grippy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
Cardella 2012 Laquedotta Vineyard Barbera
84 points
$17
Bright medium brown brick red color. Lively, jammy, fruity woody aromas of ripe blackberries, rustic earthiness, dried straw, and planked cedar with an tart, dry full body and a warming, compelling, brisk finish with firm, crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and light oak.
Ledson 2012  Sangiovese
84 points
$40
Bright dark ruby black color. Bright, fruity, earthy aromas of wood putty, green balsa wood, tuned earth, and cherry with a puckering, dry medium-full body and a warming, brisk finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
Cambridge 2013  Zinfandel
81 points
$13.99
Ruby black color. Delicate, minerally, fruity aromas of raspberries and currants with a soft, bright, dryish light body and an effortless, fleeting nutshell, moss, and cranberry yogurt finish. A light, dry quaffer.
81 points $13.99
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