May 2022 - US Red Blends, Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals

May 2022 - US Red Blends, Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals
This month's Wine feature is US Red Blends, Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Wines

US Red Blends, Zinfandel, Italian & Spanish Varietals Reviews

H/H Estates 2012 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Michael Andrews Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
96 points
$56
Black ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of olive tapenade with cheese, figs and gherkins, goji berry and leather, and bacon wrapped dates with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish displaying impressions of blackberry tart, vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins, herbs and peppercorns, and cherry tea with well-integrated, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, mature Gran-Reserva-Roija-like red that will be stellar with a meaty meal or on its own.
Dutchman Vineyard 2019  Alicante Bouschet
95 points
$27
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of buttery dark roasted nuts, berry fruit leather, and clay with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, charming, long finish with notes of craisins, sour cherry and tomato chutney, and herbed nuts with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, juicy, wide-lens red that paints a piquant, pleasure-packed picture on the palate.
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Robert Andrews Reserve Mourvedre
95 points
$56
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and raisins drizzled with melted dark chocolate, boysenberry compote, praline, and caramelized bacon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that shows overtones of peach marmalade, chocolate orange peels, and sweet baking spices with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy and concentrated red wine that could hold its own at any slow-smoked meat feast.
Lorenzi Estate 2018 The Catalyst IX Reserve Red Blend South Coast
95 points
$65
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of berries with balsamic, chocolate toffee and raisins, and toasted tomato focaccia with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity fat body and a graceful, layered, very long finish with notes of olive and pepper relish and spiced nuts with crunchy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A brilliantly structured and spicy Amarone-like red blend with generous high-toned fruit and crunchy, appetizing tannins.
White Pine 2020 Reserve Teroldego
94 points
$34
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cranberry and pressed flowers with a supple, vibrant, petillant, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish revealing shades of spiced citrus, pomegranate, floral honey, and cedar with light oak flavor. A racy and rewarding red with lot of vibrant berry, citrus fruit and lovely floral nuances.
Grgich Hills 2017 Estate Grown Zinfandel
94 points
$37
Indigo color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry pie, raspberry strudel, and artisan dark chocolate with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of cedar and oak with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A serious, dry, chewy Claret-style Zinfandel sure to entice the table.
Lorenzi Estate 2018 De Ambrogio Block Zinfandel
94 points
$55
Garnet color. Aromas of barnyard and fruit leather with a full body and a long blueberries, saddlebag, and parliament funkadelic finish. A rustic, complex, and incredibly interesting wine that will elevate any drinking experience.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2018 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$38
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raisins and prunes, spiced nuts, and flower patch with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, long finish imparting notes of spicy berry pie, vanilla custard, and olive with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, refreshing, appetizing Cabernet that is sure to please a wide range of palates.
Brassfield Estate 2019 Volcano Ridge Vineyard Eruption Red Blend High Valley
91 points
$28
Indigo color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of spiced ume plumes, honeysuckle, and huckleberry tart with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish imparting notes of orange marmalade, spiced chocolate bar, peppered nuts, and leafy earth with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, spicy and fruit-forward red blend with great flavor and texture.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2019 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Barbera
91 points
$33
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso beans with a full body and a long milk chocolate, paprika, and count chocula finish. A rich, lush style to make fans of modern wine happy.
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard G W Smith Reserve Malbec
91 points
$56
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue with berries and pound cake, creamed honey, fruit leather, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with accents of berry and tomato compote, spiced nuts, sandalwood, and cigar tobacco with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A big velvet brick of a red for serious sipping, steaks, and cigars.
Stone Hill 2019 Ozark Hellbender Red Blend Ozark Mountain
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of blueberry pop tarts, cocoa powder, and pine needles with a medium-full body and a medium-long blueberry, currant, and agave nectar finish. A fruity red wine blend that’s sure to please.
90 points $16 Best Buy
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Michael Andrews Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
90 points
$56
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, spiced praline, herbs and peppercorns, and raisins and craisins with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of roasted berries and root vegetables and cocoa with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy, savory, woody red that will be great at the table with some Mediterranean dishes.
Mercer Bros. 2018 Edge Of Heaven Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
89 points
$19
Ruby color. Aromas of chocolate covered espresso bean, vanilla and cherry/blueberry jam, and dried violets with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long mixed berry preserves, smoked paprika, cast iron, and carob finish. An indulgent, bold, well-balanced red that sings with black and blue fruits.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2019  Barbera
89 points
$25
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate toffee, caramel buttercream frosted cake, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a compelling, medium-long finish with accents of chocolate covered dried berries and pickled carrots and parsnips with moderate oak flavor. A supple and instantly appealing red blend for sophisticated sipping and Mediterranean fare.
Star In The Valley 2020 Red Blend Virginia
89 points
$32
Garnet color. Aromas of creosote and raisins with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long loganberries, black vinegar, bbq bark, and sage finish. A unique blend from Virginia that really stands out.
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Bozak Reserve Red Blend Horse Heaven Hills
89 points
$56
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, dried berries and jerky, and honeycomb with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of blueberry cobbler, sweet baking spices, nuts, and dried herbs with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A round and chewy, mouth filling red blend with a warming finish.
Stone Hill NV Hermannsberger Red Blend Hermann
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of blueberry trail mix with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long mulberries, coriander, and powdered sugar finish. A concentrated red wine blend that would go well with a big juicy burger.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Carmenet 2017 Red Blend California
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of tamarind and dried fruit with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long plum, golden raisin, and smoked paprika finish. A ripe, sun baked Cab blend for fans of Amarone.
88 points $13 Best Buy
E Cellars 2016 Bennett Valley Red Cuvée Sonoma County
88 points
$29
Garnet color. Aromas of cassis and wet wood and forest floor with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long chocolate covered dark cherries, herbal notes of tobacco and wet leaves, dill, and cactus finish. A rich and concentrated red blend with good acid structure.
Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Estate Single Vineyard Sangiovese
88 points
$35
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of brown butter roasted nuts, flaky cherry tart, and chocolate rice bar with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish conveying notes of chocolate tangerine peels and marinated roasted parsnips and sweet peppers with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. An attractive combination of rich creamy oak and warm savory flavors make this a pleasure to drink.
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Buck Reserve Syrah
88 points
$56
Light garnet color. Curious aromas and flavors of huckleberry danish, medicated band-aid, and vanilla yogurt nuts and tapioca with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish conveying notes of blueberry custard pie, spicy brownie, and alpine herbs and mint with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An exotically spicy, big and brawny Syrah to savor.
Rosenblum NV Vinters Cuvee XXXX Zinfandel
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of plank roasted berries, pickled watermelon rinds and shallots, cocoa, and sandalwood incense with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, involved, long finish that presents overtones of boysenberry pie, marinated meat, sandalwood, and terra cotta with silky, soft tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice juicy and round Zinfandel with ample fruit and fine supporting oak.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Grace Town 2018 Old Vines Zinfandel
87 points
$16
Garnet color. Aromas of plum, and root beer with a medium body and a medium fruit leather, black currents, and terra cotta finish. A boozy, sun drenched Zinfandel for fans of Amarone.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2021 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Albarino
87 points
$24
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of horse blanket, mossy, grassy earth, papaya kefir, and hard cheese rind with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish that presents overtones of tangerine, mango, wheatgrass, and resin with no oak flavor. A juicy, lightly rustic, earthy Albarino for cheese and the table.
Dh Lescombes 631 Signature Series 2021 Cab-Sangio Red Blend New Mexico
86 points
$20
Garnet color. Aromas of berry danish and cherry syrup with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a sleek, buoyant assortment of sweet jams and walnut brittle finish with no oak flavor. A nice, juicy, easy-drinking red with ample fruit.
Rubus 2019 Old Vines Reserve Zinfandel
86 points
$23
Garnet color. Aromas of sun dried tomato and a scarecrow with a medium body and a medium dried figs, tamarind extract, and nag champa finish. An earthenware-baked wine for fans of the sun.
Coyote Canyon Winery 2015 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primativo Primitivo
86 points
$33
Garnet color. Aromas of green olives and parmesan cheese rind with a medium body and a medium chocolate covered raisins, currents, and coconut oil finish. A lush, modern interpretation of an Italian varietal.
Barefoot NV  Zinfandel
85 points
$6.99
Violet color. Fruity aromas of raspberry candies, cherry sorbet, ripe summer peach, and swisher sweets with a satiny, medium body and a medium cola float, nutella on toast, and strawberry preserves finish. Bold fruity flavors jump out of the glass in this simple, lovable Zinfandel.
85 points $6.99
Barefoot NV Sunset Red Blend California
84 points
$19.98
Bright ruby color. Aromas of spiced cherries in syrup, chocolate halva, and berry tea with a supple, light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium raisinettes, whole nuts with clover honey, and cherry soda and slushie finish. A simple, very fruity red for uncomplicated quaffing and bbq.
84 points $19.98
H/H Estates 2014 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Big John Cab Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$56
Black garnet color. Aromas and flavors of figs and prunes with balsamic and tamari, fruit leather, roasted chestnuts with olives, and newspaper ink with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length finish with nuances of blackberry vinaigrette on greens and nut skins with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very mature and brooding Cabernet for the table.
Barefoot NV Rich Red Blend California
83 points
$6.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of chocolate pudding, pencil shavings, and oil with a soft, light body and a short cherry pit, nut skin, and cedar mulch finish. A sturdy, no-frills red for parties and gatherings.
83 points $6.99
Black Box 2019 Red Blend California
81 points
$19.98
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of blueberry jam, blackberry pie, sweet tobacco, and cola with a satiny, watery body and a swift licorice finish. A fruity, off dry quaffer.
81 points $19.98
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