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
212510
deLorimier
2013 Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212898
Forchini
2013 "Old Vine" Proprietor's Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212511
deLorimier
2013 River Lane Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212513
deLorimier
2013 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212539
Peachy Canyon
2012 Vortex Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212512
deLorimier
2013 Stone Ranch Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212918
Sloan Family Vineyards
2012 Primitivo Due Ruscelli Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212540
Peachy Canyon
2013 Bailey Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212541
Peachy Canyon
2012 Clevenger Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212700
Michael Gill Cellars
2014 Tantrum Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212825
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2012 "Ciapusci Ancient Vine" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212903
Cardella
2013 Fattoria Cardella Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212650
Pend d’Oreille
2014 Albarino
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212878
ONEHOPE
2013 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212668
Orison Pipa
2014 Vinho Blanco
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212824
Zina Hyde Cunningham
2012 "Ricetti Lane" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212699
Michael Gill Cellars
2013 Oso Blanco Vermentino
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212701
Michael Gill Cellars
2014 Il Elione Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212503
The Federalist
2013 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212537
Peachy Canyon
2013 Westside Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212800
Nevada Ridge
2013 Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212843
Ingleside Vineyards
2014 Albariño
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212858
Kitzke
2012 Estate Grown Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212655
Heitz
2012 Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212862
Danenberger Family Vineyards
2012 Desagacé "Coup De Foudre" Red Wine American
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212568
Monte De Oro
2012 Estate Grown Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212689
La Piazza
2012 Super Tuscan Reserve Sonoma Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212598
R. Stuart
2012 Deux Vert Vineyard Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212822
Ledson
2012 "Ciapusci Ancient Vine" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212530
Maddalena
2013 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212901
Cardella
2013 L'aquedotta Vineyard Barbera
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212902
Cardella
2012 Fattoria Cardella Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212542
Chillhouse
2012 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212599
Big Fire
2012 "Big Fire" Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212860
Kitzke
2010 Monte Caramelle Columbia Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212514
deLorimier
2013 Harris Kratka Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212823
Ledson
2012 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212859
Kitzke
2012 Nebbiolo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212759
Hammersky Vineyards
2012 Estate Grown Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213015
Pedroncelli
2013 Mother Clone Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212799
Nevada Ridge
2013 Primitivo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212531
Opaque
2013 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212595
Barefoot
NV Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212798
Nevada Ridge
2013 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212509
deLorimier
2013 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212569
Monte De Oro
2012 Monte de Oro Vineyard Estate Grown Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212538
Peachy Canyon
2013 Incredible Red Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212900
Cardella
2012 L'aquedotta Vineyard Barbera
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212821
Ledson
2012 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212848
Cambridge
2013 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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