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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
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.
Interestingly enough even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine a classic blend of 30% Grenache 30% Mourvedre 10% Syrah 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple with loads of bouquet garni beef blood blackberry kirsch smoke and truffle this wine is full-bodied rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3-5 years of cellaring and it should last for 25-30 years as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Bright ruby. Sexy spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine s intense fruit. Rich and lively with excellent finishing clarity and length. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
Marc Perrin, of the family that has owned Beaucastel since 1909, says cool nights in August were key to quality in 2010, helping to preserve acidity in the grapes. The blend is a mix of approximately 30 percent Grenache, 30 percent Mourvèdre, 10 percent Syrah and 10 percent Counoise with small amounts of the remaining nine permitted varieties. Grapes are destemmed, flash-heated, then macerated in vats for two weeks. Fermentation takes place in a mix of cement and steel tanks. 7,500 cases made.
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.
This is plush and seamless a broad white brimming with apricot fruit fully backed with umami richness. There
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