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The Prisoner Saldo 2009
This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.
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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?
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Very dark purple/red from the core until it hits a clear rim. The nose is extremely fresh and filled with brambly blackberry aromas, white grape juice, black cherry, and a fine aromatic layer of spice. For such a ripe year, this Zinfandel shows remar... Cory Gowan. A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2009 Orin Swift Saldo 750ml
Winemaker Notes - 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. 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 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 made by Dave from vineyards all across Northern California.
Jammy with toast and spice, the aromas lead to juicy ripe berry flavors with a long fruit finish that is rich with dried cherry, light black pepper and toasty notes. The wine has firm tannins and a smooth medium-body that rounds out the balanced palate.
This dark and alluring red delivers nicely layered cherry preserves and blackberry cobbler notes, backed by black licorice snap and smoldering tobacco flavors on the lengthy finish. More polished and forward than usual, but this has the stuffing to cellar mid-term. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Drink now through 2014.
Beaucastel’s Côtes du Rhône is like a mini Châteauneuf-du-Pape in its blend of grapes and its sourcing, just outside that famous appellation. The 2009 is a very successful and flattering Coudoulet, with scents of garrigue and cherry followed by a palate that’s round and lush without being at all heavy. Long and velvety on the finish.
In total contrast, the 2009 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet red represents the essence of Provence in its notes of ground pepper, new saddle leather, lavender, kirsch, garrigue, and abundant red and black fruits. This complex, evolved, luscious red begs for a bloody grilled steak. With a creamy, medium to full-bodied texture, this gorgeous, complex, evolved wine should be enjoyed over the next 7–8 years.
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Dietary Information: Organic
Notes: The different grape varieties, which have been vinified separately, are blended together after malo-lactic fermentation and matured for six to eight months in large oak barrels. The wine is bottled after fining with egg whites.
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