Orin Swift Zinfandel Saldo Sonoma Valley 2012
Dunkles Granat mit rubinroten Reflexen. Berauschendes Bouquet: schwarze Kirschen und Backpflaumen satt, dazu eingelegte Feigen, dunkles Edelholz und Rum-Nuss-Schokolade. Fülliger Gaumen mit samtigen, gut unterlegten Tanninen und feiner Extraktsüsse, dahinter wieder verschwenderische dunkle Frucht, tabakige Würze, gepaart mit eleganter Rauchnote. Schattenmorellen, Koriander und reife Brombeeren, crèmig-weiche Textur bis ins nicht enden wollende Finale mit Anklängen an Schoko-Vanille-Bohnen.
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
Another blockbuster from Dave Phinney of Orin Swift...delicious.
Wow. Damn near perfect.
Dark nose, not very expressive. Peppery cassis and blackberry. On the palate, flavors of ripe strawberry and black fruits with nicely integrated oak. Mouth coating entry with nice structure and good acidity. Long finish with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness. The tangy dark berry fruit is layered with pepper. Savory aftertaste. 6/9/12
A delicious Zinfandel (rare that I adore a Zinfandel). Lush, dark fruits, pepper and spice. On the dry side but good balance and lovely from start to soft, lingering finish. Have some to cellar; post wine tasting had to break open a bottle with dinner and asiago cheese and gala apples both paired up nicely. From the nose (harsh, dark, rather strongly of alcohol even well-breathed in proper glass) would not have expected such a delightful wine.
11/27/2012 - TSBWINE WROTE: 90 Points 89-91 points. You really have to take this wine for what it is. It's not a dramatic wine or one that even exhibits exceptional structure/balance. In fact, it's somewhat angular with the acid/tannin profile being rather unrefined. However, it's still a tasty wine with some real high points and desirable characteristics that are sometimes hard to find in other wines. The fruit is more typical of a wildberry due its brambly character (spice and pepper) and it's expressive on the nose and palate. There's a nice intensity there yet it's not overripe. This transitions to a very generous mocha/coffee note on the midpalate that's accentuated by the supple tannins and acids. Texturally, there's a convergence of acids and oak tannin that contribute to the overall impression of the characteristic. There's even a milk chocolate note possibly due to lactic acid levels (from MLF) in the wine. No doubt there's an oak influence here too in terms of taste which helps promote the mocha notes. What's most striking is how harmonious the wine becomes on the mid-palate when all these influences intersect. For all its flaws, I admire how it expresses those coffee/mocha notes even if it only does so for a few passing moments. In that sense, it's a classic "palate-building" wine that is so key to building recognition. If you come in with expectations of a traditional wine (Or Zin) you might come away disappointed. However if you approach it with an open mind chances are it will be a far more memorable wine despite its shortcomings. Recommend sharing this with someone who's relatively new to tasting so that you can help them discover some new wine characteristics. I don't know how it will develop over the years but my instinct is that it's best now since it likely wasn't built to age. 1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comments (1) Options 11/22/2012 - SHARMLESS11 WROTE: 89 Points Delicious for Thanksgiving Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment Options 11/18/2012 - BVWINO WROTE: 86 Points Hot and disjointed. Think it needs a little more time in the bottle to mellow out. Jo liked it more than me. Do you find this review helpful? Yes - No / Comment Options 10/23/2012 - ZANZABAR WROTE: 91 Points First night this was too big. But an hour of decanting on the second night and it mellowed out. Huge nose of dark fruit and cherries, obviously full bodied with a lasting finish which gives it some complexity. Not up to par with the 07 in my opinion, but still a typical Orin Swift. The first night this would have received mid 80s, but it evolved by night 2. Needs lots of air time and certainly more time in the bottle. 1 person found this helpful, do you? Yes - No / Comment Options 10/19/2012 - JFUREY21 WROTE: 90 Points Wifey loved this wine. I enjoyed it as well, but a little too "overcooked" to rate it higher. this was a big wine - tannins need to resolve a little. Maybe a year away?
I asked the man for a Zinfandel like the Rombauer Zin. For $26.75, I sure need a lot more. It was just another zin. Major flaw is being overpriced.
External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Saldo Sonoma Valley
A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2011 2011 Orin Swift Saldo Zinfandel 750ml
The 2009 Saldo bursts with aromas of ripe strawberry and black fruits with well integrated oak. The entry is mouth coating and leads into a mid palate with structure and good acidity. The finish is bright and long with soft tannins and subtle oak sweetness. Drink now and enjoy over the next five years.80% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Syrah, 8% Syrah, 3% Grenache Orin Swift Website
CaliforniaOrin Swift Saldo is another must-try Zin-driven wine gem from a gifted and fast-rising winemaker, Dave Phinney. 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. In Saldo there are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties from great vineyards including Aparicio, Duarte, Pato, Eagle Point, Mattern, Taylor, Haywood and Tofanelli. The word "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 from vineyards all across Northern California.Orin Swift Saldo 2010 is 82% Zinfandel blended with 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvedre and 2% Grenache. The wine 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. It was aged in French and American oak, 20% new. Enjoy Orin Swift Saldo with roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.
Opaque purple hue. The nose is classic zinfandel, with gobs of freshly crushed blackberry and olallieberry aromas along with hints of black olive and Pittsburgh steak. The palate explodes with dark berry fruit, along with an ample amount of cracked p... Neil Mechanic. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2010 Orin Swift Saldo 750ml
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 the Northern California growing community.
A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Orin Swift Saldo 750ml
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