Summer’s winding down, the kids are headed back to school and the days are getting shorter. What better way to usher in cooler weather – for me that means 80 degree days instead of 95 degree days – than with a really great bottle of wine.
Saldo Zinfandel By Orin Swift
What They Say: Through the success of The Prisoner, winemaker Dave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in the Northern California growing community. Dave decided he wanted to make a high quality Zinfandel and what he created did not fit the constraints of a single AVA.
There are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties. Some of these great vineyards include Aparicio, Duarte, Pato, Eagle Point, Mattern, Taylor, Haywood and Tofanelli just to name a few.
The 2010 Saldo has a dark ruby color and intense aromas of dark cherry, cocoa powder and baking spice. The entry is rich and full, and leads into a broad mid palate with concentration and density, backed by lively acidity. The texture is soft and the tannins are polished. The finish is long with persistent notes of chocolate, berry and vanilla bean.
What We Say: I’m a lucky girl to have so many friends that love good wine as much as I do and even luckier that they are kind enough to share it with me. Let’s be honest, if you’re opening a beautiful bottle of wine, you want to share it with someone that actually appreciates it. Oh and how I appreciate it. My friends that introduced me to Saldo are huge fans of Orin Swift’s The Prisoner, which has become their signature, and brought this back with them from their visit to their tasting room in Napa. They couldn’t say enough good things about Orin Swift’s wines in general and were excited to share the love. And love it was. I love a glass of wine that is such a deep deep red that you feel like you’re about to drink velvet. And darn it, this is close. You get chocolate and you get cherry… These are a few of my favorite things. You also get some cranberries and spice. Mostly, you get a great glass of wine that should be enjoyed with something that can stand up to the 15.9% alcohol content.
Blend Information: 82% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Syrah, 6% Mourvèdre & 2% Grenache
Region: Napa Valley
Price Point: $$27.99 at Total Wine