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June 2018 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

June 2018 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines

US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

Sobon Estate 2015 Rocky Top Zinfandel
94 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark ruby black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of wood and leather armchair, spiced dried berries apricots, and figs, honey roasted yams and root vegetables, and floral honey with a velvety, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long black raspberry pie a la mode, spiced creme brulee, pistachio nougat, and cedar and pepper finish with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rocking zinfandel with lush, concentrated fruit, creamy oak and warming swaggering finish.
94 points $18 Best Buy
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016  Zinfandel
94 points
$25
Nearly opaque black garnet color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of huckleberry compote, sweet pea blossom, pomegranate, peppercorns, melon rind, and sweet soy sauce with a round, crisp, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long watermelon granita and dark chocolate shavings finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A luscious, drink-it-now Lodi Zin bursting with fresh berry notes.
Stina’s Cellars 2014  Tempranillo
93 points
$28
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas of wild berry melange, patent leather, coconut cream, peach coulis, and cola with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long anise, fine cigars, blackberry jam, pink peppercorns, and peony petals finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. Pure fruit takes front and center in this succulent and sophisticated Washington tempranillo; a must-try.
Ledson 2015 Baldocchi Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$36
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry fruit leather, wild berries, elderflower, lavender, and bay leaf with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-long lime spritzed raspberry sorbet, hibiscus syrup, blackberry leaf tisane, and ginseng finish with leafy tannins and light oak. A very cellarable Zinfandel with a sophisticated approach to fruit.
Maddalena 2016  Zinfandel
92 points
$22
Violet color. Sweet, toasty aromas and flavors of milk chocolate raisin nut bar and coconut cream pie with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a refreshing, long sour cherry preserves, spiced nuts, dark chocolate, and mocha latte finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A nicely polished zinfandel with plenty of palate pleasing fruit and silky style.
Macauley 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
92 points
$45
Dark black ruby color. Attractive aromas and flavors of blueberry custard pie, suede rooibos, spiced sour cherries and praline, and hint of clay and bark with a supple, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long raspberry jam on toasted fruitcake, nutskin, earth, and pepper finish with light oak. A big, broad shouldered fruit bomb of a zinfandel with remarkable concentration; consider decanting.
Ledson 2015 Old Vine Zinfandel
92 points
$56
Black violet color. Interesting aromas of graphite and pencil eraser, night blooming jasmine, sesame-orange glaze, and blackberry muffin with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, complex, long dill and cucumber, toasty oak, and oolong tea finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A big, bold, serious Zinfandel with great oak accents and complexity.
Four Vines 2016 The Biker Zinfandel
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate raisins and toffee with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long sour cherry chutney and nuts finish with crunchy, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A big, chewy old school style California zinfandel with gobs and gobs of fruit.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Le Vigne 2015 Cuore della Vigna Paso Robles
90 points
$42
Dark dusty garnet color. Herbal aromas of dried cherry and strawberry, worn leather, oregano, and tarragon with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long salted heirloom tomato, chocolate genache, roasted nuts, and bay leaf finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A delicious and interesting blend from Paso Robles that will add plenty of nuance to your next dinner pairing.
Grgich Hills 2013 Estate Zinfandel
89 points
$36
Ruby black color. Toasty aromas of cinnamon roll, dried mulberries and herbs, menthol tobacco, and raspberry compote with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, distinctive, very long pomegranate, nutskin, and dusty earth finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An herbaceous Zinfandel to cellar; discover a unique, statement-wine in 3-6 years.
Sobon Estate 2016  Zinfandel
87 points
$22
Dark ruby black color. Roasted, interesting, inviting aromas and flavors of mocha gelato, chocolate pretzels, crusty berry tart, and toasted bread with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length Frappucino, flan with roasted nuts, wood plank, and pepper finish with fine, chewy tannins. A brash and toasty zinfandel treat.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
85 points
$6.99
Rich black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry liqueur, sweet mint, watermelon candies, and pomegranate juice with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, swift sweet cinnamon candies finish. A berry-forward zin in a crowd-pleasing style.
85 points $6.99
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