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November 2017 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

November 2017 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines

US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

Spangler 2014  Zinfandel
94 points
$28
Black violet color. Rustic, herbal aromas of sweet gum tree hulls, candied aniseed, patina leather, and dried berries with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an effortless, very complex, long lime, mixed fresh herbs, galangal, and aloe finish with earthy, firm tannins. A superb and distinctive zin laden with exotic spice and herbs; truly one-of-a-kind.
Awards: 2017 Top 4 Best Zinfandel
Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown Zinfandel
94 points
$38
Dark purple color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, apricot, white pepper, and espresso with an full body and a refreshing, medium-length fruitcake, amaretto, bittersweet chocolate, and graham cracker finish with well-integrated tannins. An old-school, California zin for purists.
Awards: 2017 Top 4 Best Zinfandel
Oak Farm Vineyards 2015  Barbera
93 points
$25
Black ruby color. Aromas of salami, rose petal, juniper, fine furniture, and vanilla with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a complex, medium-long mixed berry jam, roasted nuts, chocolate ganache, and dried thyme finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A beautiful red that is at once juicy and masculine; beef and charcuterie will be a dream with this stately wine.
Forchini 2015 Estate Grown & Bottled Proprietor Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$28
Violet color. Complex aromas and flavors of mixed berry jam, rose petals in sugar, cinnamon, saffron, and Turkish delight with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long blackberries and cream and black licorice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An excellently structured Zinfandel for the finest meals; may improve further with time.
Spangler 2014  Sangiovese
93 points
$28
Dusty ruby color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced cherries, cedar, cloves, mace, pipe tobacco, and leather with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long forest floor, charred earth, pressed violets, and licorice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A Chianti-like sangiovese packed with big notes of Oregon fruit.
Awards: 2017 Best Sangiovese
Rosenblum 2014  Zinfandel
93 points
$29.99
Black garnet color. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, tobacco, candied ginger, eucalyptus, and peppermint with a slightly chewy, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long black pepper, veal demi glace, rosemary, and cedar finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A bold and zesty zin full of spice and intrigue.
93 points $29.99
Ledson 2013 Century Vine Reserve Zinfandel
93 points
$68
Dark purple color. Aromas of blackberry, vanilla, prune, and black pepper with a soft, dry medium body and an interesting, long mocha glaze, chocolate fondue, spiced pine nuts, and sandalwood finish with well-integrated tannins. A full-bodied Zinfandel with a lingering, interesting finish.
LangeTwins Winery 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Mature aromas of fine furniture, black spice drops, and dried cherries with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a complex, medium-long chocolate tart finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak. A spicy and sophisticated oaky zin with room to grow.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Zinsane 2015  Zinfandel
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of dried cherries, cedar, peeling oranges, and toasty spice with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, long fine chocolate covered berries, oak, marzipan, and alpine herbs finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. Ride waves of flavor in this big, juicy, jammy zin.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Rosenblum NV Vintners Cuvée XXXIX Zinfandel
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Bright dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dried blueberries, dried blackberries, dried cassis, fresh red apple, and peony petals with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long white and dark chocolates, basil, compressed watermelon, licorice, and peppercorns finish with chewy, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very pretty and balanced Zinfandel.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Highwayman 2014 Trailblazer Reserve Zinfandel
92 points
$42
Black garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of fruit cake, plump raisins, stewed rhubarb, and dried rose with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity full body and a compelling, medium-long plum sauce, tar, nori, and peppermint lozenge finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. An inky, concentrated zin that will be a dream with funky cheeses.
Frei Brothers 2015 Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel
90 points
$20
Violet color. Aromas of raspberry tart and roasted and glazed sweet carrots with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long vanilla creme, blackberry gelato with chocolate shavings, flaky pastry, and honeyed nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely, luscious zin that offers gobs of creamy fruit and charm.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Tievoli Red Blend Lodi
90 points
$22
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, black raspberry tart, and smoked nuts and bacon with an bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length cedar pencil shavings and almond skin finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. A juicy, well structured red that will be very versatile.
AvinoDos 2015  Zinfandel
90 points
$32
Dusty garnet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of ripe cherries, red raspberries, spearmint, and cola with a round, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with moderate oak. A lovable and well structured zin for purists.
Ledson 2014 Ricetti Lane Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$32
Dark purple color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, strawberry jam, blueberry yogurt, and Szechwan pepper with a soft, dry medium body and a medium-length toffee nut and oak finish with well-integrated tannins. A classic, rich, smooth and fruity Zinfandel.
Michael Gill Cellars 2016 The Tenor Estate Bottled Tannat
90 points
$45
Violet color. Sweet aromas of wild berry candies, vanilla pudding, and custard with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a carefree orange blossom candies, dates, and fennel finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A hugely fruity Tannat that will pair impeccably at the spring table; bright, juicy, and appetizing.
Caricature 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of sweet tobacco, wild berries, vanilla, and gingerbread with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-full body and an engaging, medium-length boysenberry jam, nutella, and black licorice finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lip smacking zin that hits all the right notes.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Oak Farm Vineyards 2015  Zinfandel
89 points
$25
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of grilled berries, nutshells, and fondant with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length ripe strawberry, peach puree, charred oak, and vanilla bean finish with chewy, medium tannins and moderate oak. A bold, crowd pleasing zin.
Pedroncelli 2015 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
89 points
$25
Black violet color. Fruity aromas of dried dark fruits and cocoa powder with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-to-long crushed blackberries, black pepper sauce, star anise, and cinnamon spiced nuts finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak. A big, inky zin for rich meals.
CK Mondavi 2015  Zinfandel
88 points
$7
Best Buy
Bright dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of ripe raspberries and sweet tobacco with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length mixed berry tart, chocolate drizzle, black pepper, and fondant finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. An ultra juicy and satisfying Zinfandel.
88 points $7 Best Buy
Red Truck 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Light garnet color. Aromas of cranberry, vanilla caramel, savory scone, and cocoa butter with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a breezy fruit punch, cola, and chocolate butterscotch finish with well-integrated tannins. A lip-smacking zinfandel for anytime pleasure.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Maddalena 2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Grigio
88 points
$16
Bright straw color. Aromas of cajeta, apricot, marzipan, and sesame with an soft, dry medium body and an eccentric, medium-length Saffron finish. A savory food wine.
Spangler 2014  Tempranillo
88 points
$28
Black garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred berries, cloves, speck, and spearmint with a slightly chewy, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length charcoal, smoked paprika, and dark tobacco finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A powerfully smoky wine that will serve as a unique choice for your cold-weather table.
Monte De Oro 2014 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard Tempranillo
88 points
$35
Dusty garnet black color. Aromas of cherry and rosemary with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length dark chocolate, espresso bean, oregano, and taffy finish with moderate oak. A savory, food-friendly wine.
deLorimier 2015 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
88 points
$38
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of vanilla, cherry scented tobacco, and pomegranate with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, refreshing, medium-length wild raspberry, chocolate flan, and raisin bran finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A finely structured primitivo that strikes a nice balance between old and new world.
Vineyard 1869 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$49
Dusty ruby garnet color. Aromas of dried cranberries, orange peel, and root beer with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length cherry cola and chocolate kiss finish with medium tannins. A juicy and persistent zin for perfect pairings.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
87 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed berries, pencil eraser, carob, and maple fudge with a bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a cheery chocolate pudding and nutskin finish with moderate oak. An easy zin sipper.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Crimson Roots 2015 Dark Red Blend California
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of strawberry rhubarb pie and fresh brownies with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, breezy forest berries and spearmint chews finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A big, juicy, crowd-pleasing zin.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Harlow Ridge 2016  Zinfandel
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, chocolate bar, and limestone with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp vanilla pudding and cedar pencil finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A soft, oaky zin sipper.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Rosenblum 2014  Zinfandel
86 points
$19.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of cranberry-orange scone, leather wallet, and rhubarb with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a graceful, cheery dark chocolate candies, roasted pecan, and berry coulis finish with medium tannins. A juicy satisfying zinfandel.
86 points $19.99
Don Ernesto 2015 Clarinet Tempranillo
86 points
$32
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered dried cherry, bookshelf, and ivory with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with light oak. A simple red quaffer that will hit the spot.
deLorimier 2015 Harris Kratka Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel
86 points
$42
Black violet color. Aromas of spiced cherries, spice cabinet, tobacco, and leather wallet with a chunky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, involved, medium-long steak sauce, stewed plums, black pepper, and thyme and oregano finish with firm, clunky tannins and moderate oak. A dense and inky Zinfandel packed with spice.
LangeTwins Winery 2011 Centennial Lewis Vineyard Zinfandel
86 points
$60
Black garnet color. Aromas of nail polish, blueberry gelato, and raisin with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-full body and a hot, relaxed pencil shavings and berry coulis finish with moderate oak. A boozy and woody zin for after dinner sipping.
Manifesto! 2015  Zinfandel
85 points
$14.99
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries and toffee, spiced nuts, and hint of rubber band with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk whipped cream, cherry fruit leather and vinaigrette, and cedar bark finish with fine, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak. A relaxing zin sipper.
85 points $14.99
Pedroncelli 2015 Mother Clone Zinfandel
85 points
$20
Deep purple color. Interesting aromas of sandalwood, peony, and anise with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long bitter chocolate and sandalwood shavings finish with gritty tannins and heavy oak. An ultra tannic zin; try cellaring a few years.
Corner 103 2015  Zinfandel
85 points
$50
Dusty dark ruby garnet color. Baked aromas of stewed prunes and red apples with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy figgy pudding, fudge with dried berries, and toasty oak finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A crowd-pleasing zin
Michael Gill Cellars 2016 The Pride Estate Bottled Primitivo
84 points
$45
Deep purple color. Jammy aromas of raspberry liqueur and strawberry jam with a thick, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, snappy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A hugely fruity, juicy, jammy zin for anytime sipping.
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