Orin Swift “Saldo” Zinfandel 2009

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Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel Cork


80% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah,  8% Syrah, 3% Grenache






Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel





Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel..


Light in body, subtle, restrained and delicate; the Orin Swift Saldo shows……ok…….just kidding! But I had you going for a moment there, didn’t I?!?! If you’ve had The Prisoner before, the Saldo will be right up your alley!

A solid red and black fruit mix on the nose. There’s a lot going-on on the palate, with dried cranberries, boiled-down raspberries, blackcurrant, leather, and bitter-sweet chocolate. Not as jammy as I expected. Plenty of power in the form of tannins, with oak interwoven, and hanging in for the finish forever-and-a-day. Drinkable now (with some aeration), but would benefit from some time in the cellar to let all those flavors come together.



Go big or go home! By that I mean don’t try pairing this wine with jasmine and saffron scented risotto; or the Saldo will just punch it in the face, and laugh about it afterwards!
At 15.5% alcohol; ribs, hanger steak, roasted lamb chops, burger with bacon and BBQ sauce, or a good cigar, should all be able to stand up to this powerful Zin!




Around $30

Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel. In the glass, with tears.

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