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November 2016 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

November 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

Monte De Oro 2013  Zinfandel
96 points
$33
Nearly opaque violet color. Fresh, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut gelato, huckleberry pie, and dried cherries and apricots with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long spiced oranges, orange blossom honey, creme brulee, and toffee finish with fine, silky tannins. A plush, unctuous zinfandel designed for a full throttle, berry barrage of hedonism.
Sobon Estate 2014 Reserve Zin Zinfandel
94 points
$24
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries, baklava, and praline with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, refreshing, long creme brulee, brown spices, chocolate orange peels, and pink pepper finish with silky tannins and light oak. A rich, flavor packed zinfandel with great depth and balance.
deLorimier 2014 Wedding Cake Primitivo
94 points
$38
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berries, clover honey, and praline with a fruity medium-to-full body and a long vanilla cream, chocolate apricot, and delicate spices finish. A delicious beautifully balanced primitivo with bright bold fruit flavors.
Scott Harvey 2013 Mountain Selection Zinfandel
93 points
$24
Ruby black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of cashew nougat, chocolate cherries, chestnut honey, and mahogany with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long dried blueberries, creme Anglaise, and brown spices finish with silky, soft tannins and light oak. A precise, vivacious, fruit-driven, claret-style zinfandel that is a pleasure to drink.
Waving Tree NV "The Works" Red Blend Columbia Valley
93 points
$25
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and orange peels, spiced nuts, and flan with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long bananas foster, sandalwood, and cocoa dusted berries finish with chewy tannins. A very lively red that will be sensational at the table.
Forchini 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate orange peels, roasted pistachio nougat, spumoni, and latte and light molasses with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long spiced apricot orange, and apple, hint of anise, cedar, and honeyed peppercorns finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A rich and lively zinfandel with nice style and structure.
Magnolia Hill 2015  Zinfandel
93 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee, berry pie a la mode, and caramelized bacon with a round, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long cherry chutney, peppered nuts, tangerine gelato, and cedar finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A complex, meaty, super fruity zinfandel.
Bar Z 2012 Bayer Family Vineyards Tempranillo
92 points
$23
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas of stewed fruits, chocolate, and dark roasted nuts with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-long pickled beets, pomegranate and sour cherry, and cedar finish with chewy tannins. A savory mouthwatering Tempranillo with great varietal character and structure.
August Ridge 2013 Estate Grown Sangiovese
92 points
$28
Dusty brown brick red color. Interesting, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of cornichons and capers, cherry-pomegranate chutney, and hint of bubblegum dust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long nougat and earth finish with chewy, silky tannins and moderate oak. A savory, mature tasting (and looking) sangiovese that will shine at the table with savory fare.
Montague 2013  Zinfandel
92 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and chocolate fondue with a soft, tangy, fruity medium body and a long raspberry custard pie, macadamia gelato, and minerals finish with fine tannins. A elegant, stylish claret-style Zinfandel with lots of flavor and charm.
Jazz Cellars 2012 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel
92 points
$44
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, butter roasted nuts, and chocolate orange peel with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long spiced cherries, vanilla fudge, brown and peppery spices, and cedar finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A ripe, juicy zinfandel with great structure.
Michael Gill Cellars 2015 "Tantrum" Tempranillo
92 points
$45
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, dried sour cherries, and chocolate with a fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangerine gelato and, baking spices, and hint of cedar finish. a very fruit forward tempranillo that drinks like a rich juicy zinfandel.
Michael Gill Cellars 2015 "Il Elione" Zinfandel
92 points
$45
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of ripe blackberries & black raspberries, tangy huckleberries, minerality, and pink peppercorns with an tangy, dryish full body and an involved, easy craisins and spice finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak. An excellent, racy zinfandel.
Ledson 2012 "Amys Vineyard" Zinfandel
92 points
$54
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry-rhubarb tart, and coconut gelato with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length spiced berries and apricots, orange, and nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A rich and seamless claret style zinfandel with loads of fruit and a fine layer oak.
Peirano 2014 Heritage Collection Zinfandel
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, cherry pie, and wood smoke with a silky, vibrant , fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long raspberry custard, baking spices, and pencil shavings finish with fine tannins. A silky, savory, and tasty Zinfandel with everything in its proper place.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2014 Mother Clone Zinfandel
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart, smoked bacon, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long black berry custard tart, spiced cherries, and orange marmalade finish with silky, chewy tannins and light oak. A lively, juicy zinfandel that is sure to please.
91 points $18 Best Buy
InZINerator 2013  Zinfandel
91 points
$20
Garnet black color. Waxy, toasty aromas and flavors of crayon, dried berries, and melted toffee with a silky, soft, fruity body and a polished, delightful, medium-length chocolate craisins and raisins, praline, and vanilla cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A silky well balanced zinfandel.
deLorimier 2014 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
91 points
$38
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, latte, and berry pie crust with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long flan, bananas foster, coconut macaroon, and sour cherry finish with light oak. A rich, elegant, super ripe zinfandel.
Biltmore Estate 2014  Sangiovese
90 points
$18.99
Indigo color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bonbons, toffee, honeyed toasted cranberry nut bread, and potter’s clay with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long nutskin, dried berries, earth, and cedar finish with chewy, woody, coating tannins and moderate oak. A bright, table friendly offering with robust age-worthy tannins.
90 points $18.99
Hammersky Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Zinfandel
90 points
$19
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of blueberry custard tart and vanilla toffee and tapioca with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length milk chocolate mousse, sweet and peppery spices, currant and mulberries, and nutskins finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak. A warming, zesty zinfandel.
Waving Tree 2010 Reserve Sangiovese
90 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores, chocolate raisins and nuts, dried cherries, and polished wood with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long vanilla toffee, creme brulee, earth, and pepper finish with chewy, earthy tannins and light oak. A creamy, chocolatey, warming sangiovese that is an easy sipper.
Ledson 2013 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
90 points
$32
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie al mode, cashew brittle, and crème brulee with a fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long warm berry tart and spiced nuts finish. A tasty well-balanced zinfandel with zippy fruit and nice structure.
Monte De Oro 2013 Estate Grown Tempranillo
90 points
$32
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coffee yogurt, toasted berry and pie crust, and chocolate nuts with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length pickled cherries and beets, nut skins, and cedar finish with dusty tannins. A earthy and savory Tempranillo perfect for grilled meats.
Gamba 2014 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$47
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry-blueberry pie, caramelized nuts, and hint of waxy chocolate and clay with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long huckleberry jam, chocolate orange peels, watermelon, and cherry cola and cedar finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very ripe, very juicy zinfandel with gobs of fruit.
Gamba 2014 Starr Road Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$47
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, bramble and mocha, and malabar pepper with an bright, dry full body and a nuanced, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.
Peirano 2013 Heritage Collection Tempranillo
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, cherry pie, and chocolate toffee with a silky, ripe, fruity medium body and a medium-length nuts and cedar finish with woody tannins. A fruity juicy Tempranillo with firm food friendly tannins.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2014  Barbera
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts and graham crackers, dried berries, and hint of pencil shaving and eraser with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length blueberry tart, orange custard, delicate peppery spices, and young coconut finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak. A juicy, lively barbera that will be versatile.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Waving Tree 2010  Barbera
89 points
$20
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark berry yogurt and praline with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long black raspberry and sweet and peppery spices finish with a suggestion of oak. A bright, tangy barbera that will be great at the table.
Sobon Estate 2014 Fiddletown Zinfandel
89 points
$22
Dark garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of grilled banana and coconut, berry pie filling, and hint of bubble gum with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-long tomato jelly, beet relish, and pencil shaving polish wood finish with fine tannins. A rich warming woody Zinfandel sipper.
Fritz Lane 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
89 points
$25
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of red raspberries, toasty oak and toffee, oak, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a captivating, brisk finish with earthy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A very good example of a restrained claret style zinfandel.
Bar Z 2008 "Enigmatic" Texas High Plains
89 points
$26.23
Dark garnet color. Baked aromas and flavors of oven dried tomatoes and berries, chocolate nuts, and pickled root vegetables with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a medium-long spiced cherries, dried goji berries, and dusty minerals finish with leafy tannins. A tangy savory appetizing red that will be great with rustic fare.
89 points $26.23
Spangler 2013  Zinfandel
89 points
$28
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry and chocolate pomegranate seeds with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length blueberry preserves, sweet and peppery spices, and pepper finish. A tangy refreshing, warming zinfandel.
deLorimier 2014 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
89 points
$36
Garnet black color. Interesting, earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries and citrus peels, green herbs, tomato-pepper focaccia, and dark roasted nuts and coffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length pomegranate creme brulee, nutskin, oak, and peppered oven-roasted tomato finish with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy, broad-shouldered sangiovese with a hefty dose of oak.
deLorimier 2014 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
89 points
$38
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berry pie, and olive skin with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long cocoa powder, roasted nuts, and ground pepper finish. A warming peppery zinfandel sipper.
Ledson 2013  Sangiovese
89 points
$40
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cake, roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long crème brulee finish. An appealing Sangiovese with delicate fruit, chocolatey oak and crunchy tannins for the table.
Biltmore Estate 2015  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of stone fruit, peach, Meyer lemon, and dried straw with a crisp, dry full body and an interesting, fleeting finish with papery tannins and a suggestion of oak. Nice soft citric component.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Waxy aromas and flavors of dried cherries, nougat, and vanilla candle with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a medium-long chocolate craisins, sweet and peppery spices, and spicy oak finish with chewy tannins. A solid flavorful Zinfandel for everyday pleasure.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2014 Rocky Top Zinfandel
88 points
$18
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, buttery praline, and cherry vanilla candle with a fruity medium body and a medium-length dark berry jam on toast finish. A tasty nicely balanced zinfandel that will be versatile.
August Ridge 2013  Barbera
87 points
$26
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spinach and kelp, honeyed cranberry, and cherry with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length nut brittle, spice, and forest floor finish with fine, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A tangy, earthy table wine.
Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release Pinot Grigio
86 points
$16.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dried peach skins, salinity, touch of bath soap, and lemon pith with a crisp, dryish full body and an interesting, brisk finish with soft tannins and no oak. Very enticing nose.
86 points $16.99
August Ridge 2013 Estate Grown Nebbiolo
86 points
$28
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and melon and olive tapenade with a dry medium body and a medium potting soil, oven dried tomato, and cedar mulch finish. A dry earthy nebbiolo with barky tannins for the table.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
85 points
$6.99
Deep purple color. Toasty, woody aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, warm berry compote, and cocoa with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a quick finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak. A toasty, woody, mellow zinfandel.
85 points $6.99
Bar Z 2007 Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
85 points
$29.98
Dusty burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of roasted tomato and peppers, caramel nuts, and herbs with a soft, crisp, sourish light-to-medium body and an even, eccentric, fast dried goji berries and plums, dusty roasted chestnuts, and pomegranate vinaigrette finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A interesting, very savory (almost saline) mature sangiovese for game dishes that will appeal to fans of ’natural’ wines.
85 points $29.98
Bar Z 2007 "Sassy S" Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
85 points
$29.98
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cucumber and melon and cherry chutney with a dry medium body and a medium-length marinated beets, roasted nuts, and potting soil finish. An intriguing mature very savory sangiovese.
85 points $29.98
Shenandoah Vineyards 2014  Zinfandel
84 points
$11
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry yogurt, lemon curd, and overripe apple pressed flowers with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy tomato-pomegranate relish and mixed peppercorns finish. A pleasant zinfandel for the table.
Peirano 2013 "The Immortal Zin" Zinfandel
84 points
$14
Dark garnet color. Green aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, buttered rice, and chocolate craisins with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cheery praline, marinated cherries, and grassy earth finish with husky, tannins. A soft savory Zin for pizza.
Bar Z 2009 Newsom Vineyard Tempranillo
84 points
$26.23
Dark garnet color. Baked aromas and flavors of mud, roasted berries, and tomatoes on the vine with a supple, tart, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length goji berry, pomegranate, and gherkin finish with leafy tannins. An unusual earthy and rustic red for game meat.
84 points $26.23
Bar Z 2007 "Enigmatic" Texas High Plains
82 points
$16.27
Dark garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, cranberry, and nut brittle with a round, soft, dry medium body and a cheery roasted root vegetable, herbs, and polished wood finish with dusty tannins. A rustic red for game meat.
82 points $16.27
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