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
217153
Monte De Oro
2013 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217505
Sobon Estate
2014 Reserve Zin Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217290
deLorimier
2014 Wedding Cake Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217328
Scott Harvey
2013 Mountain Selection Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217358
Waving Tree
NV "The Works" Red Blend Columbia Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217292
Forchini
2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217470
Magnolia Hill
2015 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217344
Bar Z
2012 Bayer Family Vineyards Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217471
August Ridge
2013 Estate Grown Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217469
Montague
2013 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217481
Jazz Cellars
2012 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217391
Michael Gill Cellars
2015 "Tantrum" Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217392
Michael Gill Cellars
2015 "Il Elione" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217442
Ledson
2012 "Amy's Vineyard" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217385
Peirano
2014 Heritage Collection Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217275
Pedroncelli
2014 Mother Clone Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217329
InZINerator
2013 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217291
deLorimier
2014 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217452
Biltmore Estate
2014 Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217354
Hammersky Vineyards
2013 Estate Grown Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217359
Waving Tree
2010 Reserve Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217443
Ledson
2013 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217152
Monte De Oro
2013 Estate Grown Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217428
Gamba
2014 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217429
Gamba
2014 Starr Road Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217386
Peirano
2013 Heritage Collection Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217500
Sobon Estate
2014 Barbera
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217360
Waving Tree
2010 Barbera
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217504
Sobon Estate
2014 Fiddletown Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217348
Fritz Lane
2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217342
Bar Z
2008 "Enigmatic" Texas High Plains
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217440
Spangler
2013 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217288
deLorimier
2014 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217289
deLorimier
2014 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217441
Ledson
2013 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217451
Biltmore Estate
2015 Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217501
Sobon Estate
2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217503
Sobon Estate
2014 Rocky Top Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217473
August Ridge
2013 Barbera
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217450
Biltmore Estate
2015 Limited Release Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217472
August Ridge
2013 Estate Grown Nebbiolo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217330
Barefoot
NV Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217345
Bar Z
2007 Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217346
Bar Z
2007 "Sassy S" Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217502
Shenandoah Vineyards
2014 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217384
Peirano
2013 "The Immortal Zin" Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217343
Bar Z
2009 Newsom Vineyard Tempranillo
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217341
Bar Z
2007 "Enigmatic" Texas High Plains
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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