Orin Swift Saldo – Yummy Zin

Our friends Barry & Kathi (who stayed with us around the holidays) were kind to arrange for a bottle of wine to be sent to our table the next time we came to Andrei’s in Irvine.  They conspired with owner Natalia, who recommended the Orin Swift Saldo.  We liked it a lot!  This is a blend with 80% Zinfandel,  9% Petite Syrah, 8% Syrah, and 3% Grenache.  It was very smooth and fruity for a Zin, I’m guessing because the other grapes provide that balance.  I found it especially easy on the tannin and the oak, which I really appreciate in a Zin.  We enjoyed this with roast lamb and short rib sliders, and it went wonderfully with the food.  The label looks like a Dymo printer label, which makes it new, but retro looking.  It is 15.5% alcohol.

Here is the info from Orin Swift’s website.  They sell this for $28.  Would probably be around $60 in a restaurant.


2009 Saldo Zinfandel

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.

There are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties. Some of these great vineyards include 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 just to name a few. Dave is so committed to this concept he is now developing his own Zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma specifically for this project as well.

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.

Winemaker Notes

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

California Appellation

Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa




25,505 cases


French and American Oak barrels, 20% new

Tasting NotesLabel


2009 | 2008 | 2007


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