2011 The Prisoner Wine Company "Saldo" Zinfandel
Dave Phinney knows Zinfandel, and after years of making the incredibly popular blend, the Prisoner, he's parlayed his access to top Zin vineyards into this varietal expression without the constraint of a single appelation. From Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Amador, and Contra Costa Counties, the best lots from fine vineyard sites such as Aparicio, Duarte, Pato, Eagle Point, Mattern, Taylor, Haywood and Tofanelli are represented here. Named Saldo, which in Spanish can refer to balance, but also can loosely be translated to mean "from here and there", this is a wine from here and there in California. From the winery: "The 2011 Saldo has an intense ruby color and bold aromas of dark berry fruit, blueberry pie, cardamom 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 velvety, with polished tannins. The finish is long with persistent notes of chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla spice."