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
222135
Spangler
2014 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221880
Monte De Oro
2014 Estate Grown Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221901
Oak Farm Vineyards
2015 Barbera
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221993
Forchini
2015 Estate Grown & Bottled Proprietor Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222136
Spangler
2014 Sangiovese
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222022
Rosenblum
2014 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221879
Ledson
2013 Century Vine Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221386
LangeTwins Winery
2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221972
Zinsane
2015 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222023
Rosenblum
NV Vintner's Cuvée XXXIX Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221925
Highwayman
2014 Trailblazer Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221913
Frei Brothers
2015 Sonoma Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221902
Oak Farm Vineyards
2016 Tievoli Red Blend Lodi
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222086
AvinoDos
2015 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221878
Ledson
2014 Ricetti Lane Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222165
Michael Gill Cellars
2016 The Tenor Estate Bottled Tannat
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221388
Caricature
2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221900
Oak Farm Vineyards
2015 Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222195
Pedroncelli
2015 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221834
CK Mondavi
2015 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222021
Red Truck
2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221956
Maddalena
2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Grigio
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222138
Spangler
2014 Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221881
Monte De Oro
2014 Estate Grown Monte De Oro Vineyard Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221995
deLorimier
2015 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222168
Vineyard 1869
2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221912
Barefoot
NV Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222158
Crimson Roots
2015 Dark Red Blend California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222019
Harlow Ridge
2016 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222020
Rosenblum
2014 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222066
Don Ernesto
2015 Clarinet Tempranillo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221996
deLorimier
2015 Harris Kratka Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221385
LangeTwins Winery
2011 Centennial Lewis Vineyard Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222102
Manifesto!
2015 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222194
Pedroncelli
2015 Mother Clone Zinfandel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221927
Corner 103
2015 Zinfandel
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222163
Michael Gill Cellars
2016 The Pride Estate Bottled Primitivo
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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