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Orin Swift Cellars "Saldo" Zinfandel 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - Wine Spectator [91 pts] & Rank #69 Top 100 Wines of 2010
Orin Swift Cellars "Saldo" Zinfandel 2008 (Napa Valley, California) - Wine Spectator [91 pts] & Rank #69 Top 100 Wines of 2010


 
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Winery: Orin Swift Celars
Varietal: 88% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah
Region: Napa Valley, California
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: ORINSWIFTSALDO08-W

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Rank #69 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010
Notes from the Winemaker:

Gaining experience and contacts in the Northern California Zinfandel growing community through the success of his Prisoner label, Orin Swift Cellars owner/winemaker Dave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in California. Dave recently decided he wanted to make a high quality Zinfandel and what he created did not fit the constraints of a single AVA.

The term "saldo" has many different meanings in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. In Spanish it mainly refers to "balance on hand", and sometimes it can mean "from here and there". This wine represents the best of the best lots made by Dave from vineyards all across Northern California.

There are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties. Some of these great vineyards include Monte Rosso, Eagle Point, Rockpile, Bismark, Beatty, Page Nord, Duarte, Solari, Evangehlo, Battuelo's, Tofanelli, Korte, Mable Tiedemann, Frediani, Lewers, Alta Vista, and Bald Mountain just to name a few. Dave is so committed to this concept he is now developing his own Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma specifically for this project as well.


What Does It Taste Like?

The 2008 Saldo has a deep dark ruby color. It has aromas of red raspberry, ribena, campfire, toast and sweet vanilla. On the palate there is wild strawberry, rhubarb, and sassafras. The wine is expansive with a 30 plus second finish. There is an impression of cherry pie on the end. Drink now and enjoy over the next five years.


Ratings / Reviews:

91 Points, Rank #69 Top 100 Wines of 2010 - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Well-built, yet rich and stylish, with spicy blackberry aromas and zesty, layered flavors of black cherry and licorice framed by toasty oak. Offers a long, satisfying finish. Drink now through 2015." –TF

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