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November 2018 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

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

US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

Waving Tree 2009 Estate Nebbiolo
97 points
$80
Brown brick red color. Elegant aromas and flavors of dried cherry, leather, chocolate, chicory, fragrant plum, chess pie, mint, bitter orange, and geranium with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, very complex, very long cafe latte, salted caramel, and veal charcuterie finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A flavor packed, evolving new-world Nebbiolo that will take your dining experience to new heights; drinking beautifully now.
Due Ruscelli Vineyards 2014  Primitivo
94 points
$39
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of plum pudding, maple, Chinese 5 spice, and lilac with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and a peppery, elegant, long sesame candy, amarena cherries, ground pepper, and Dijon mustard finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A lip-smacking Primitivo that is both subtle and memorable with loads of intriguing complexity.
Due Ruscelli Vineyards 2015 Due Ruscelli Primitivo
94 points
$39
Dusty black violet color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of vanilla cola, cherry tart, raspberry liqueur, black plum, candy-coated aniseed, and caraway with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length spiced peaches and blueberry compote finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A silky-smooth primitivo that offers something familiar yet removed from the New World’s typical Zinfandel.
Waving Tree 2011 Estate Grenache
93 points
$25
Ruby black color. Mature aromas of dried fruit studded gingerbread, cedar sauna, leather, fire roasted red pepper, rose syrup, marinated strawberry, and curry powder with a lightly tannic, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, subtle, long molasses cookie, pomegranate granita, pickled celery, and graphite finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A well-kept grenache that continues to give; wild floral character lies in layers and layers of flavor in this complex wine.
Pedroncelli 2016 Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
93 points
$26
Black violet color. Aromas of cedar, rosemary, hibiscus, rhubarb, and wild strawberry with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, complex, long brittle of grilled nuts, dates, black tea, tobacco, and licorice finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A spicy, intriguing zinfandel with style for days.
Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Tempranillo
93 points
$35
Dark ruby color. Aromas of dried cherries and figs, rich tobacco, vanilla, anise, and creme de violette with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long basalt, dark chocolate, dried flowers, and toasted dark rye finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A bold Tempranillo that offers floral nuance and a highly pairable style.
Mount Peak 2015 Rattlesnake Zinfandel
93 points
$48
Dusty black ruby color. Elegant aromas of varnished wood, spice cabinet, huckleberry pastry, and marinated strawberry with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long cranberry confection, molasses, dark chocolate genache, suede, and singed rosemary finish with dusty tannins and heavy oak. A concentrated Zinfandel with excellent structure and a lasting finish.
Opaque 2015  Zinfandel
92 points
$25
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of wild raspberry, cocoa dusted fig, rose hips, tobacco, sweet mint tea, and licorice with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate croissant, plum preserves, cinnamon tisane, and melon rind finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A craveable port-style zinfandel packed with ripe fruit and rustic floral nuance.
Jarvis 2014 Estate Grown Tempranillo
92 points
$85
Black violet color. Interesting aromas of dried cherries, juniper, bacon, and cocoa powder with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, long blueberry and fine espresso finish with cottony tannins and moderate oak. A fine Tempranillo that begs for rich meals and great company.
Pedroncelli 2016 Mother Clone Zinfandel
91 points
$19
Dusty black violet color. Inviting, attractive aromas and flavors of fine chocolates, smoked cherry mostarda, blackberry-sage sauce, orange oil, nutmeg, and grilled dry-aged steak with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with moderate oak. A zinfandel to crave; savory, juicy, fruity, and engaging.
Ghost Pines 2016 Winemakers Blend Zinfandel
91 points
$20
Black violet color. Aromas of oat muffin with raspberry, zucchini blossom, red cassis, dark chocolate, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, amusing, medium-length licorice, raspberry coulis, golden raisin, and geranium finish with moderate oak. A nicely concentrated, luscious Zinfandel.
Forchini 2016 Old Vine Proprietors Reserve Zinfandel
91 points
$30
Ruby color. Roasted aromas of cinnamon crumble coffee cake, espresso, and baked blackberry-peanut butter squares with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, very long caramel in dark chocolate, toasted pumpernickel bread, nutmeg creme, custard, and coriander finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A mouthfilling, juicy zinfandel that goes on and on and on; drink now or cellar.
Gallo Signature Series 2016  Zinfandel
91 points
$50
Black ruby color. Aromas of vanilla bon bon, blueberry cake donut, berry jam, tobacco, raspberry granita, red bell pepper, and caramel latte with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long leather, spice cabinet, rosemary, and teriyaki jerky finish with moderate oak. A juicy Zinfandel with gobs of vanilla and berry flavors.
Crux Winery 2015  Zinfandel
90 points
$36
Black ruby color. Aromas of raisin bread pudding, raspberry jelly on shortbread, opera cake, latex, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long fruit cake, mulling spice, and charred nuts finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A port-style zin packed with dried fruit flavor.
Dark Horse 2016 Limited Release Zinfandel
89 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Inviting aromas of all-natural raspberry gummies, rose petal, and rosemary with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long blackberry leaf, toasty pumpkin pie crust, toasted pine nuts, and chocolate genache finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A tasty zinfandel that will be a welcome offering to holiday guests.
89 points $8.99 Best Buy
Waving Tree 2012 Estate Sangiovese
89 points
$20
Dusty garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of red cassis, prosciutto, olive brine, carnation, oregano focaccia, and rose hips with an dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-length cherry cordial and dark chocolate chunk finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A fun and interesting blend of old and new world; table-ready!
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown Sangiovese
89 points
$32
Black garnet color. Meaty aromas of braised beef, glazed carrot, roasted potatoes, clove, and coffee beans with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, medium-long consume, black cassis, sun tea, and banana leaf finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A savory red from Lodi that will charm lovers of rustic, earthy wines.
Monte De Oro 2015 Estate Grown Zinfandel
89 points
$44
Black garnet color. Baked aromas and flavors of sasparilla, vanilla-orange, baked plum, black forest cake, and banana with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-length clove and blackberry cobbler a la mode finish with moderate oak. A solid Zinfandel that will be a crowd-pleaser.
Carnivor 2016  Zinfandel
88 points
$16
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla custard, mixed berry coulis, chocolate genache, graphite, and glazed donut with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length winter spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A smooth berry bomb with a silky chocolate lining.
Frei Brothers 2015  Zinfandel
87 points
$20
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of black raspberry candies, aromatic barks, and bay leaf with a slightly chewy, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy raspberry breakfast pastry finish with leafy tannins and moderate oak. A solid zinfandel that will play well at the table and in hand.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2017  Zinfandel
87 points
$25
Black violet color. Aromas of mixed berry cobbler, carrot cake, raspberry leaf, mocha latte, tomato sauce, and spearmint with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length carob, charred root vegetables, and smoked almonds in vanilla bark finish with barky tannins and heavy oak. A very oaky zinfandel that will play well at the table.
Bear Flag 2016  Zinfandel
87 points
$30
Black violet color. Aromas of black raspberry granita, black walnut pastry, blackberry jam, and chocolate croissant with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length buttered toast with forest fruit preserves, black pepper, no. 2 pencil, and rum-raisin finish with moderate oak. A juicy, jammy Zin that checks all the boxes.
Crush 8 2017  Zinfandel
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas of dried fig, baked raspberry, allspice, and orange zest with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy cola, leather, and chocolate cake finish with soft, medium tannins. A berry-forward zin with nice toasty chocolate and spice notes.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV  Nero dAvola
85 points
$28.25
Light garnet color. Fruity aromas of panna cotta, raspberry liqueur, blackberry bush, licorice, and hint of carob with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a breezy cherry cordials and ripe cherry tomato finish. A light and appetite-opening red for salumi.
85 points $28.25
Manifesto! 2015  Zinfandel
84 points
$14.99
Dusty garnet black color. Interesting aromas of cranberry toast, cedar, black forest cake, and cinnamon stick with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, captivating, medium-long toasted meringue, goji berries, spiced nuts, and pickled beets finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A dry and savory Zinfandel meant for pairing.
84 points $14.99
Peachy Canyon 2015 Incredible Red Zinfandel
84 points
$15
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas of steak tartare, beets, fresh chevre, and raspberries in whipped cream with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy charcoal and jerky finish with light oak. A savory zinfandel for the table.
Small Hours 2016  Zinfandel
84 points
$17.99
Light garnet color. Aromas of blackberry, candied almond, tomato vine, and blueberry muffin with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, short-to-medium sea spray and tomato finish with clunky tannins and moderate oak. An anytime Zin.
84 points $17.99
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