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Saturday, May 16, 2009

2007 Orin Swift Saldo - Zinfandel

I am a huge fan of the wines made by Dave Phinney at Orin Swift Cellars. Most of us have heard of the winery's flagship wine "The Prisoner" which I have reviewed a few times in the past here on the Blog Wine Cellar.  I also reviewed the "Papillon" which is Orin Swift's Bordeaux blend.

The "SALDO" is a blend of 85% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, and 5% Petite Syrah, all sourced from a variety of California Appellations:

California Appellations
54% Sonoma
16% Napa
15% Mendocino
9% Amador
6% Contra Costa

Some of these great vineyards include this wine is sourced from are 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.

This deeply colored wine has a bouquet chalk full of red currant, raspberry, smoke, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. On the palate this wine touches down with stunning elegance and finishes with a wild spiciness. Flavors of wild strawberry, rhubarb, spice box, cedar, and black cherry. 

This wine is very well made and has serious spice and very bold red fruit. I was perhaps expecting a more viscous texture and maybe a tad more jam and fruit, but I believe this wine could actually drink a bit better in a few years. The alcohol is a touch intrusive on the finish right now but I have a feeling this will dissipate with time in the cellar. Not entirely sure how to score this wine because I feel it's to young to be accurately assessed. So I'll just leave it at potentially very good!

 
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