June 2016 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

This month's Wine feature is US Zinfandel, All Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines
US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews
214363
Falkner
2012 "Amante" Super Tuscan Style Red Wine Temecula Valley
Dark brick red color. Savory, earthy complex aromas and flavors of dried tomatoes, cherries and olives, roasted black walnuts and pecans drizzled with vanilla cream, clay and leather bound wood chair, and hint of beef bouillon with a satiny, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, very long borscht, cocoa, nuts, and earth finish with moderate oak. A superb American take on the difficult to replicate artisan Italian style that is reeling with earthy, savory fruit and oak flavors.
96 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215576
Spangler
2012 Zinfandel
Bright medium ruby black color. Bright, fruity, spicy peppery savory aromas and flavors of chocolate, dried berries, leather, and jerky with a soft, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, medium-length caramelized nuts, apple, and citrus, mocha nuts, cedar, and pepper finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A rich, bright, spicy zin with lots of fruit, supple balance, and intriguing meatiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215360
GiaDomella
2012 Zinfandel
Bright dark violet color. Bright, fruity, jammy toasty peppery aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt nuts, coconut macaroon, berry reduction, and waxy honeycomb with a soft, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length fruit cake, spice, and chocolate mint finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fine tannins and moderate oak. A robustly flavorful and well balanced zin with a dense jammy, core of fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215383
Lorenzi Estate
2012 Old Vine Lopez Ranch Zinfandel
Brick red color. Rich, mature aromas and flavors of cocoa-dusted raisins and prunes, white clay, sweet spices, and pencil with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length dried cherries, sherry sautéed nuts, dolmades, and pepper finish with earthy, dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A brawny, old-school porty zinfandel with lots of raisiny fruit and tannins to chew on.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215541
Cardella
2013 Fattoria Cardella L'aquedotto Vineyard Barbera
Deep purple color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of coffee nut fudge, chocolate coconut macaroon, and blueberry pie with an tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length sweet pickle relish, coconut-tangerine yogurt, and mixed peppercorns finish with light oak. A wonderfully fruity, spicy and savory barbera that will have a lot of interesting pairing possibilities.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215487
Napa Cellars
2013 Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries, vanilla toffee, smoked nuts, and sweet spice with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long creme brulee and berry pie a la mode finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. A smooth, juicy zin that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215610
Corner 103
2012 Sonoma County Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Aromas of dried berries, vanilla yogurt nuts, brown spices, and cedar and clay with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long leather and sassafras finish with silky, fine tannins. A mature, polished zin with a deep core of spicy fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215491
Montevina
2013 Zinfandel
Deep purple color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, spiced berries, and herbed jerky with a satiny, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long black raspberry jam on raisin toast and praline finish with silky tannins and light oak. A rich, juicy zinfandel with lots of concentrated fruit flavors.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215677
Haraszthy Family Cellars
2013 Zinfandel
Brick red color. Bright, creamy, spicy aromas of white chocolate toffee and carrot-cherry cake with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate mint cookie, candied yams, and cedar finish with chewy, dusty tannins and light oak. A rich, juicy, chewy zinfandel.
91 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215378
Cedar Mountain
2014 Reserve Ghost Vines Zinfandel
Dusty garnet black color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry custard tart, spiced plums and apples, and praline with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long roasted beets, earth, pepper, and cedar finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins. A rich, savory, well-balanced claret-style zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215494
Terra d’Oro
2014 Deaver Vineyard Zinfandel
Ruby black color. Bright, meaty aromas and flavors of caramelized bacon and toasted cranberry bread with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length vanilla yogurt, nutskin, and roasted carrot finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A fun, savory, meaty zin that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215679
Haraszthy Family Cellars
2013 Reserve Indian Springs Ranch Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Delicate, savory, roasted aromas and flavors of roasted berries, smoked nuts, mocha fudge, and grilled meat with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long craisin in cream, oak, pepper, and nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A round, meaty, peppery zinfandel.
91 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215143
Cloak & Dagger
2010 "Novos Ordo Seclorum" Cuvée Reserve Paso Robles
Dark garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of milk chocolate, dried berries, and chestnut honey with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length cranberry relish, nut, and carrot finish with silky, fine tannins. A savory sangiovese led sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215496
Terra d’Oro
2014 Teroldego
Dark violet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam on toast, spiced nuts, chocolate, and hint of sassafras with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long roasted beets and honeyed figs finish with moderate oak. A juicy, chewy red that will shine at the table.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215420
Maddalena
2014 Zinfandel
Dusty deep purple color. Delicate, spicy aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and coconuts, dark berry tart, and dark chocolate with a satiny, tangy, medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-long cherry compote, spiced apples, pepper, and cedar finish with moderate oak. A round, toothsome zin with a nice savory streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215254
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2013 Vittorio's Vineyard Primitivo
Dusty garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of pine and cedar forest, dried berries and cherries, and melted chocolate with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a refreshing, medium-length delicate brown spices and nutskin finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely structured, claret style zin that is somewhat reminiscent of a nice Amarone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215421
Opaque
2014 Zinfandel
Opaque bright dark deep purple color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, leather, toasted cranberry bread, and hint of bacon with a soft, lively, fruity full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length chocolate berries, spiced nuts, toasty oak, and roasted coffee beans finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A super fruit and stylish zinfandel with bold, toasty spice oak at every turn; a must for zin heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215557
Ledson
2012 "Century Vine" Zinfandel
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of brandied raisins, cherry bread, cocoa, and spices with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long marinated beets, vanilla cola, pickling spices, and dried meat finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A brawny, savory zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215261
Pianetta
2013 Barbera
Bright dark nearly opaque color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe black currants, carbon filter, black raspberries, and mocha - black pepper with an tangy, dry full body and a peppery, complex, cheery finish with earthy, firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak. Rustic spicy fruit flavors are alluring and the vibrant acidity lifts the flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215492
Montevina
2013 Skyland Ridge Barbera
Garnet violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate almond toffee, and hint of caramelized bacon with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, buoyant cedar and birch bark, spiced cherries, and char-roasted nuts finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice juicy barbera with zesty, crunchy food-friendly acidity and tannins.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215678
Haraszthy Family Cellars
2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, earthy, fruity toasty minerally aromas of black raspberries, flint, mocha - planked oak, and black pepper with a chewy, tangy, dryish full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-length finish with earthy, crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. Big juicy red with a real sense of place, a lovely underlying mineral component. It speaks to the regional differences of California Zinfandel. Very hedonic.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215680
Green Truck
2013 Made with Organic Grapes Zinfandel
Ruby color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of dried sour cherries, vanilla nut brittle, honey, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length blueberry compote, spiced nuts, apple, and hint of pepper finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, crunchy zin with nice varietal character.
89 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215495
Terra d’Oro
2014 Barbera
Nearly opaque dark dusty color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe blackberries, spiced black cherries, bread toast, and mocha - raisinettes with an vibrant, dryish full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-length finish with well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak. Big dark fruit flavors are seamlessly integrated, good length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215348
Byington
2013 Moniz Vineyard Zinfandel
Bright dark nearly opaque deep color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of caramelized nuts, berry custard pie, spiced cocoa, and cedar with an oily, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length orange marmalade on nut toast and pepper bread finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A rich creamy, rock solid zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215262
Pianetta
2013 Sangiovese
Bright light medium ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of baked berries, chocolate nuts, and prunes with an even, tangy, dry full body and a warming, amusing, brisk finish with crunchy, earthy, leafy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215325
Small Hours
2012 Zinfandel
Dusty garnet color. Mild, citrusy aromas and flavors of blood orange and lime, blackberry tart, and praline with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a breezy beets and cedar mulch finish with firm, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A mellow oak zin for the table.
88 points $17.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215542
Cardella
2013 Vineyard 22 Sangiovese
Bright medium light garnet color. Lively, fruity, nutty peppery aromas of cherries, roasted chestnuts, turned earth, and oak with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, crisp honey roasted tomato finish with earthy, grippy tannins and light oak. A nice dusty sangiovese for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215493
Terra d’Oro
2014 Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Bright, fresh aromas of prunes and craisins, hot chocolate, and spiced nuts with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length vanilla cream, smoked nuts, and oak finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A solid, fruity, oak-accented zinfandel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215164
Tinto Rey
2014 Verdejo
Bright golden yellow color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of grilled apples and pineapples with a silky, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-length coconut juice, nuts, and hint of spice finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A mellow, tropical quaffer with a healthy dose of oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214811
Andis Wines
2012 Cooper Ranch Barbera
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Bright, oaky, fruity creamy savory aromas of ripe black currants, spiced mulberries, petrol - minerality, and butter cream with a tangy, dry full body and a peppery, layered, quick finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. Nice juicy, almost buttery rustic component gives this wine food appeal.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215490
Folie à Deux
2012 Zinfandel
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy berry chutney, anise, and sandalwood with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length berry custard finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice juicy and smooth zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215488
Joel Gott
2014 Zinfandel
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Fruity aromas of black raspberries, spiced sultana raisins, tree bark, and black pepper with a racy, dryish full body and a peppery, intricate, crisp finish with earthy, barky tannins and moderate oak. An easy big juicy red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215163
Matchbook
2012 Tempranillo
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, savory funky aromas of tart cherries, tobacco, toasted lees, and cedar with an tart, dry full body and a warming, appealing, breezy finish with earthy, leafy tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215253
Philo Ridge Vineyards
2012 Firebrick Vineyard Zinfandel
Nearly opaque bright dark dusty color. Bright, grainy, fruity toasty earthy aromas of black raspberry - hostess fruit pies, bramble - potters clay, baked parchment, and black pepper with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, engaging finish with papery, earthy tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215575
Spangler
2013 Sangiovese
Bright medium dark brick red color. Fruity, toasty rubbery savory aromas of cherries, petrol - clarified butter, pressed linen, and planked white oak with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, compelling finish with woody, grippy, cottony tannins and heavy oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215142
Cloak & Dagger
2010 "The Defector" Reserve Zinfandel
Dark opaque color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas of black raspberries, planked cedar - clay, baked parchment, and pepper with a chewy, puckering, dry full body and a peppery, captivating, swift finish with earthy, papery tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215473
Four Sisters Ranch
2013 Zinfandel
Dark garnet color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon and orange zest, chocolate mint, and cranberry bread toast with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length roasted root vegetables, lemon pepper, nuts, and cedar finish with dusty, crunchy tannins. A lively, easy drinking zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215644
Zinfandelic
2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
Deep purple color. Faint aromas and flavors of nuts and dried berries with a satiny, tart, dryish medium body and a breezy cranberry, dusty spices, and cedar bark finish with cottony tannins and heavy oak. A tart, tannic, and tight zin for the table; give this time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215486
Sutter Home
NV Zinfandel
Dark garnet color. Lively aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves, vanilla toffee, and mocha fudge with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk grape skin, nut skins and shells, and oak finish with crunchy, leafy tannins and light oak. A nice fruity quaffer.
84 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215489
Ménage à Trois
2014 Zinfandel
Dusty garnet color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas of dried berries, powdered citrus, and almond and anisette cookies with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast popsicle sticks, beets, and gravel and grass finish with firm, woody tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy, oaky zin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215577
Spangler
2012 Tempranillo
Garnet black color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of roasted berries, ink and oil, and pepper with a soft, dry medium body and a tingling, brisk marinated beets, grass, and cedar mulch finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A very dry and mellow table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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