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December 2019 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

December 2019 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines

US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

Macauley 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel
91 points
$55
Garnet black color. Curious aromas and flavors of toasted coconut dark chocolate bark, caulk, pencil eraser, and roasted beets and oranges with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a polished, intriguing, medium-long finish with notes of spicy blueberry rhubarb pie, chocolate nut bar, and schmaltz almond cookie with no oak flavor. A statuesque zinfandel with deeply concentrated flavors and a generous finish.
Peirano 2017 Estate, The Heritage Collection Tempranillo
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, menthol-mint, fire-roasted pimento, and tobacco with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of ripe cherry and olives with drying tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A rock solid new world tempranillo that’s at once earthy and bright.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Peirano 2015 The Immortal Zin Zinfandel
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, spiced dried fruits, pot roast, and mocha buttercream with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with touches of cherry jam, chocolate craisins and nuts, and peppered bacon with well-integrated, dusty tannins. A big, brawny, peppery zin with ample fruit and spice.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bright Eyed Bird NV White Blend California
88 points
$17.99
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasty apple strudel, ripe apricot, white cake with fluffy buttercream, and ginger with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish that shows notes of dried pineapple and carnation with moderate oak flavor. Attractive, fruity aromas with a rich and ultra-smooth palate.
88 points $17.99
Hoot 2018 White Blend Paso Robles
88 points
$18.99
Golden straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of apricot candies, orange flower water, candied yuzu, honey, and pound cake with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that shows accents of juicy tangerine and tres leches cake with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, floral and fruity white; off-dry but never cloying.
88 points $18.99
Peirano 2016 Estate, The Heritage Collection, Old Vine Zinfandel
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of toasted wood, dried fruits and matcha, chocolate peanut bar, and maple sugar with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, easy finish revealing suggestions of raisins and pepper. A pleasant peppery zin sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Small Hours 2018 Reserve Zinfandel
87 points
$19.99
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry jam, chocolate-covered cherry, wild strawberry, ripe fig, and graham cracker with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and an engaging, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold Zinfandel with table-friendly tannins and a serious vibe; drink now or cellar.
87 points $19.99
Ivory & Burt 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of sweet gum tree, raspberry jam, cumin, and oak chips with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking juicy, jammy zin.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Moto Rouge 2018  Nebbiolo
86 points
$19.99
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon and lavender, turkish cardamom dessert, pomegranate chutney, and rose hips and petals with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, instantaneous finish conveying notes of tangerine zest on cranberries, powdered nuts, and au jus with soft, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. An unusual wine with unique flavors for the table.
86 points $19.99
Caricature 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel
85 points
$15
Deep purple color. Aromas of cedar chips and raspberry muffin with a satiny, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length dried fruit, chocolate, and latte finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. Rich notes of dried fruit make this a solid choice for the port-style zinfandel lover; great for cheese pairing.
Pajama Drama 2018  Malvasia Bianca
84 points
$17.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers, white peach, warm caramel, banana chips, and pineapple cake with a round, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy sunflower and creme fraiche finish. A fruity quaffer to serve with a good chill.
84 points $17.99
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