- Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel 2010 Product #27044 (In Stock)
The 2010 Saldo is once again mainly Zinfndel (82%) plus Petite Sirah (10%) and dashes of Syrah and Grenache from top vineyards all across California. Words like “big”, “intense”, “jammy” and – of course – “full throttled” all apply perfectly here in this classic example of California “power Zin.”
Give the 2010 Saldo a swirl and you’ll be greeted by big aromas of dark cherry, crushed blackberry, seared meat, cocoa powder plus dashes of baking spice and crushed black olives. Full and rich from the first sip and explosively flavored with more red and black fruit, a touch of dried plum, cracked black pepper, bitter chocolate and more spice. Mouthfilling and intense in the middle, the fruit flavors keep pumping on the zippy finish where just enough acidity and dusty tannin emerge to keep everything together. Chocolate, berry, and vanilla notes linger nicely.
Perhaps this will age well, although I can’t imagine why you’d want to put off enjoying it now. Fire up the grill and sear up a spice-rubbed ribeye steak or go low-and-slow with well-smoked and sauced ribs. But, enjoy the great prices while you can!
- Orin Swift The Prisoner 2011 Product #26499 (In Stock)
The Prisoner is not for the faint hearted. This is a big – right around 15% alcohol – California red that escapes from the class with an explosion of super-ripe red and black fruit plenty of spicy oak. An exotic flavor profile for an exotic blend of 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono, and 1% Grenache. Almost “over the top”, but with enough tannin and acidity against the luscious fruit to stay on its feet. Always one of our most popular wines, the 2011 Prisoner is sure to be long gone before the next vintage arrives.
Winemaker Dave Phinney's notes: "The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish."