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November 2016 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

November 2016 - US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Zinfandel, All Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines

US Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

Monte De Oro 2013  Zinfandel
96 points
$33
Nearly opaque violet color. Fresh, tropical aromas and flavors of coconut gelato, huckleberry pie, and dried cherries and apricots with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long finish with notes of spiced oranges, orange blossom honey, creme brulee, and toffee with fine, silky tannins. A plush, unctuous zinfandel designed for a full throttle, berry barrage of hedonism.
Sobon Estate 2014 Reserve Zin Zinfandel
94 points
$24
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate berries, baklava, and praline with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, refreshing, long finish with impressions of creme brulee, brown spices, chocolate orange peels, and pink pepper with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, flavor packed zinfandel with great depth and balance.
deLorimier 2014 Wedding Cake Primitivo
94 points
$38
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berries, clover honey, and praline with a fruity medium-to-full body and a long finish imparting notes of vanilla cream, chocolate apricot, and delicate spices. A delicious beautifully balanced primitivo with bright bold fruit flavors
Scott Harvey 2013 Mountain Selection Zinfandel
93 points
$24
Ruby black color. Earthy aromas and flavors of cashew nougat, chocolate cherries, chestnut honey, and mahogany with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of dried blueberries, creme Anglaise, and brown spices with silky, soft tannins and light oak flavor. A precise, vivacious, fruit-driven, claret-style zinfandel that is a pleasure to drink.
Waving Tree NV "The Works" Red Blend Columbia Valley
93 points
$25
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate cherries and orange peels, spiced nuts, and flan with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long finish manifesting notes of bananas foster, sandalwood, and cocoa dusted berries with chewy tannins. A very lively red that will be sensational at the table.
Forchini 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
93 points
$30
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate orange peels, roasted pistachio nougat, spumoni, and latte and light molasses with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a sleek, complex, medium-long finish displaying suggestions of spiced apricot orange, and apple, hint of anise, cedar, and honeyed peppercorns with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and lively zinfandel with nice style and structure.
Magnolia Hill 2015  Zinfandel
93 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate toffee, berry pie a la mode, and caramelized bacon with a round, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long finish with notes of cherry chutney, peppered nuts, tangerine gelato, and cedar with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A complex, meaty, super fruity zinfandel.
Bar Z 2012 Bayer Family Vineyards Tempranillo
92 points
$23
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas of stewed fruits, chocolate, and dark roasted nuts with a slightly chewy, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-long pickled beets, pomegranate and sour cherry, and cedar finish with chewy tannins. A savory mouthwatering Tempranillo with great varietal character and structure.
August Ridge 2013 Estate Grown Sangiovese
92 points
$28
Dusty brown brick red color. Interesting, fruity, savory aromas and flavors of cornichons and capers, cherry-pomegranate chutney, and hint of bubblegum dust with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish with shades of nougat and earth with chewy, silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A savory, mature tasting (and looking) sangiovese that will shine at the table with savory fare.
Montague 2013  Zinfandel
92 points
$35
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and chocolate fondue with a soft, tangy, fruity medium body and a long finish that presents impressions of raspberry custard pie, macadamia gelato, and minerals with fine tannins. A elegant, stylish claret-style Zinfandel with lots of flavor and charm.
Jazz Cellars 2012 Teldeschi Vineyard Zinfandel
92 points
$44
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, butter roasted nuts, and chocolate orange peel with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish with accents of spiced cherries, vanilla fudge, brown and peppery spices, and cedar with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A ripe, juicy zinfandel with great structure.
Michael Gill Cellars 2015 "Tantrum" Tempranillo
92 points
$45
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler a la mode, dried sour cherries, and chocolate with a fruity medium-to-full body and a long finish with notes of tangerine gelato and, baking spices, and hint of cedar. a very fruit forward tempranillo that drinks like a rich juicy zinfandel
Michael Gill Cellars 2015 "Il Elione" Zinfandel
92 points
$45
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of ripe blackberries & black raspberries, tangy huckleberries, minerality, and pink peppercorns with an tangy, dryish full body and an involved, snappy craisins and spice finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent, racy zinfandel.
Ledson 2012 "Amys Vineyard" Zinfandel
92 points
$54
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, berry-rhubarb tart, and coconut gelato with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, refreshing, medium-length finish with impressions of spiced berries and apricots, orange, and nuts with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A rich and seamless claret style zinfandel with loads of fruit and a fine layer oak.
Peirano 2014 Heritage Collection Zinfandel
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, cherry pie, and wood smoke with a silky, vibrant , fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long finish that shows nuances of raspberry custard, baking spices, and pencil shavings with fine tannins. A silky, savory, and tasty Zinfandel with everything in its proper place.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Pedroncelli 2014 Mother Clone Zinfandel
91 points
$18
Best Buy
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart, smoked bacon, and toffee with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying accents of black berry custard tart, spiced cherries, and orange marmalade with silky, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A lively, juicy zinfandel that is sure to please.
91 points $18 Best Buy
InZINerator 2013  Zinfandel
91 points
$20
Garnet black color. Waxy, toasty aromas and flavors of crayon, dried berries, and melted toffee with a silky, soft, fruity full body and a polished, delightful, medium-length finish with elements of chocolate craisins and raisins, praline, and vanilla cream with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A silky well balanced zinfandel.
deLorimier 2014 Two Pear Vineyard Zinfandel
91 points
$38
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, latte, and berry pie crust with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of flan, bananas foster, coconut macaroon, and sour cherry with light oak flavor. A rich, elegant, super ripe zinfandel.
Biltmore Estate 2014  Sangiovese
90 points
$18.99
Indigo color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bonbons, toffee, honeyed toasted cranberry nut bread, and potter’s clay with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of nutskin, dried berries, earth, and cedar with chewy, woody, coating tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, table friendly offering with robust age-worthy tannins.
90 points $18.99
Hammersky Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown Zinfandel
90 points
$19
Dark dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of blueberry custard tart and vanilla toffee and tapioca with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of milk chocolate mousse, sweet and peppery spices, currant and mulberries, and nutskins with chewy, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A warming, zesty zinfandel.
Waving Tree 2010 Reserve Sangiovese
90 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores, chocolate raisins and nuts, dried cherries, and polished wood with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long finish displaying shades of vanilla toffee, creme brulee, earth, and pepper with chewy, earthy tannins and light oak flavor. A creamy, chocolatey, warming sangiovese that is an easy sipper.
Ledson 2013 "Old Vine" Zinfandel
90 points
$32
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry pie al mode, cashew brittle, and crème brulee with a fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long finish with notes of warm berry tart and spiced nuts. A tasty well-balanced zinfandel with zippy fruit and nice structure.
Monte De Oro 2013 Estate Grown Tempranillo
90 points
$32
Dark garnet color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coffee yogurt, toasted berry and pie crust, and chocolate nuts with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-length finish imparting elements of pickled cherries and beets, nut skins, and cedar with dusty tannins. A earthy and savory Tempranillo perfect for grilled meats.
Gamba 2014 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$47
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry-blueberry pie, caramelized nuts, and hint of waxy chocolate and clay with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of huckleberry jam, chocolate orange peels, watermelon, and cherry cola and cedar with well-integrated, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very ripe, very juicy zinfandel with gobs of fruit.
Gamba 2014 Starr Road Old Vine Zinfandel
90 points
$47
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of black raspberries, bramble and mocha, and malabar pepper with an bright, dry full body and a nuanced, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An excellent example.
Peirano 2013 Heritage Collection Tempranillo
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, cherry pie, and chocolate toffee with a silky, ripe, fruity medium body and a medium-length finish with nuances of nuts and cedar with woody tannins. A fruity juicy Tempranillo with firm food friendly tannins.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2014  Barbera
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts and graham crackers, dried berries, and hint of pencil shaving and eraser with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length blueberry tart, orange custard, delicate peppery spices, and young coconut finish with well-integrated, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, lively barbera that will be versatile.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Waving Tree 2010  Barbera
89 points
$20
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark berry yogurt and praline with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish that shows overtones of black raspberry and sweet and peppery spices with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright, tangy barbera that will be great at the table.
Sobon Estate 2014 Fiddletown Zinfandel
89 points
$22
Dark garnet color. Roasted aromas and flavors of grilled banana and coconut, berry pie filling, and hint of bubble gum with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a medium-long finish with notes of tomato jelly, beet relish, and pencil shaving polish wood with fine tannins. A rich warming woody Zinfandel sipper.
Fritz Lane 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel
89 points
$25
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of red raspberries, toasty oak and toffee, oak, and pepper with a crisp, dry full body and a captivating, quick finish with earthy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very good example of a restrained claret style zinfandel.
Bar Z 2008 "Enigmatic" Texas High Plains
89 points
$26.23
Dark garnet color. Baked aromas and flavors of oven dried tomatoes and berries, chocolate nuts, and pickled root vegetables with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a medium-long finish that exhibits elements of spiced cherries, dried goji berries, and dusty minerals with leafy tannins. A tangy savory appetizing red that will be great with rustic fare.
89 points $26.23
Spangler 2013  Zinfandel
89 points
$28
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry and chocolate pomegranate seeds with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish displaying notes of blueberry preserves, sweet and peppery spices, and pepper. A tangy refreshing, warming zinfandel.
deLorimier 2014 Keeper Vineyard Sangiovese
89 points
$36
Garnet black color. Interesting, earthy aromas and flavors of dried berries and citrus peels, green herbs, tomato-pepper focaccia, and dark roasted nuts and coffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of pomegranate creme brulee, nutskin, oak, and peppered oven-roasted tomato with dusty, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, broad-shouldered sangiovese with a hefty dose of oak.
deLorimier 2014 Osborn Ranch Primitivo
89 points
$38
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, berry pie, and olive skin with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long finish imparting accents of cocoa powder, roasted nuts, and ground pepper. A warming peppery zinfandel sipper
Ledson 2013  Sangiovese
89 points
$40
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cake, roasted nuts, and berry pie crust with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-long finish with notes of crème brulee. An appealing Sangiovese with delicate fruit, chocolatey oak and crunchy tannins for the table
Biltmore Estate 2015  Pinot Grigio
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of stone fruit, peach, meyer lemon, and dried straw with a crisp, dry full body and an interesting, short-lived finish with papery tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Nice soft citric component.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Waxy aromas and flavors of dried cherries, nougat, and vanilla candle with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a medium-long finish that shows notes of chocolate craisins, sweet and peppery spices, and spicy oak with chewy tannins. A solid flavorful Zinfandel for everyday pleasure.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Sobon Estate 2014 Rocky Top Zinfandel
88 points
$18
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, buttery praline, and cherry vanilla candle with a fruity medium body and a medium-length finish revealing nuances of dark berry jam on toast. A tasty nicely balanced zinfandel that will be versatile.
August Ridge 2013  Barbera
87 points
$26
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of spinach and kelp, honeyed cranberry, and cherry with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish displaying notes of nut brittle, spice, and forest floor with fine, leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A tangy, earthy table wine.
Biltmore Estate 2015 Limited Release Pinot Grigio
86 points
$16.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of dried peach skins, salinity, touch of bath soap, and lemon pith with a crisp, dryish full body and an interesting, rapid finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor. Very enticing nose.
86 points $16.99
August Ridge 2013 Estate Grown Nebbiolo
86 points
$28
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and melon and olive tapenade with a dry medium body and a medium finish with notes of potting soil, oven dried tomato, and cedar mulch. A dry earthy nebbiolo with barky tannins for the table.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
85 points
$6.99
Deep purple color. Toasty, woody aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, warm berry compote, and cocoa with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a brisk finish with fine, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty, woody, mellow zinfandel.
85 points $6.99
Bar Z 2007 Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
85 points
$29.98
Dusty burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of roasted tomato and peppers, caramel nuts, and herbs with a soft, crisp, sourish light-to-medium body and an even, eccentric, swift finish that presents shades of dried goji berries and plums, dusty roasted chestnuts, and pomegranate vinaigrette with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A interesting, very savory (almost saline) mature sangiovese for game dishes that will appeal to fans of ’natural’ wines.
85 points $29.98
Bar Z 2007 "Sassy S" Martin Vineyards Sangiovese
85 points
$29.98
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cucumber and melon and cherry chutney with a dry medium body and a medium-length finish that presents notes of marinated beets, roasted nuts, and potting soil. An intriguing mature very savory sangiovese.
85 points $29.98
Shenandoah Vineyards 2014  Zinfandel
84 points
$11
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of berry yogurt, lemon curd, and overripe apple pressed flowers with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a snappy finish displaying notes of tomato-pomegranate relish and mixed peppercorns. a pleasant zinfandel for the table
Peirano 2013 "The Immortal Zin" Zinfandel
84 points
$14
Dark garnet color. Green aromas and flavors of tomatoes on the vine, buttered rice, and chocolate craisins with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy finish revealing elements of praline, marinated cherries, and grassy earth with husky, tannins. A soft savory Zin for pizza.
Bar Z 2009 Newsom Vineyard Tempranillo
84 points
$26.23
Dark garnet color. Baked aromas and flavors of mud, roasted berries, and tomatoes on the vine with a supple, tart, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish manifesting accents of goji berry, pomegranate, and gherkin with leafy tannins. An unusual earthy and rustic red for game meat.
84 points $26.23
Bar Z 2007 "Enigmatic" Texas High Plains
82 points
$16.27
Dark garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of tomato leaf, cranberry, and nut brittle with a round, soft, dry medium body and a snappy finish manifesting accents of roasted root vegetable, herbs, and polished wood with dusty tannins. A rustic red for game meat.
82 points $16.27
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