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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 14 
TypeRed
ProducerOrin Swift (web)
VarietyZinfandel Blend
DesignationSaldo
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionn/a
AppellationCalifornia
UPC Code(s)000004403685, 001000029978, 859369001407

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2016 (based on 13 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.6 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 255 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pinot_glenn on 6/11/2015: wild cherries, anise (216 views)
 Tasted by Mark1npt on 6/10/2015 & rated 88 points: Just not the best year for this wine. Have had other vintages that were just more defined, more zin like. This bottle seems just a bit heavy or muddied, some good zin qualities on the nose but they seemed to dim as the bottle came up to room temp and the palate just never hit a home run as some other years had. Overpriced in my opinion when compared against a few other zin/zin blends. (194 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 1/17/2015 & rated 90 points: I humbly apologize for the negative notes I wrote about this wine. It may have been bottle variation, or this wine just might have needed more time, but this, my last bottle, was pretty damned tasty. Dark color, nice "zinny" nose, surprising richness, and a very good finish. There are better zins for less money, but not THAT much less. (1188 views)
 Tasted by Xfactor on 1/14/2015 & rated 91 points: @Taste of Texas, great bottle and reasonable price. Rich red fruit, bracing acidity initially but composes quickly. Great with a heavily marbled ribeye and seared button mushrooms. Long finish with blue fruit and brown cooking spice. (1013 views)
 Tasted by Aparritz on 1/3/2015 & rated 91 points: This needs serious time to open up but it rewards with many different flavor sand profiles along the way. Solid complexity but just a tad thin. Very expensive for what you're getting, but overall this is a great bottle. (1133 views)
 Tasted by Pcrage on 12/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Drinking nicely. I would consume over next couple years. (1111 views)
 Tasted by mpsocal on 12/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Solid wine. Nice flavor of cherry, decent finish. I'd drink this again. (1122 views)
 Tasted by Castle Peak on 12/4/2014 & rated 87 points: Decent Wed night drinker. Nothing memorable. (661 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 11/28/2014 & rated 88 points: I've written some pretty nasty notes about this wine in the past couple years. At this stage in its development, however, I feel compelled to say that it's not half bad. Decent red fruit on the nose and on the palate. Fairly full-bodied, with a very good, lengthy finish (where the alcohol was a little too prominent). All in all, a pretty good zin, albeit somewhat overpriced. (605 views)
 Tasted by Louisville Vino on 7/20/2014: good wine but not the best from Orin Swift (1561 views)
 Tasted by DawnMarieK on 4/27/2014: good - I would buy it again (2102 views)
 Tasted by fred0711 on 3/29/2014 & rated 90 points: 2nd bottle. Very tasty. For Kayla's MN party. (2213 views)
 Tasted by TSTEW22 on 3/1/2014 & rated 91 points: I need to find more of this fabulous zin! Deep in color, with rich blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla notes. Delish. (2356 views)
 Tasted by BeerBudget on 1/7/2014: Opaque, purple-plum color in the glass. Nose of wood smoke and undefined berries. Rich, full, spiced fruitcake palate, but with enough acidity to keep things lively. Quite static structurally, with soft tannins perhaps made to seem sharper by the high alcohol (15.5%). Creamy finish with long fig and strawberry aftertaste. (2839 views)
 Tasted by affordableCollector on 1/6/2014 & rated 91 points: red, violet, in color. cherry, raspberry, spice, white pepper, sea salt, clove, campfire, burnt wood, coffee, on the nose. medium acid, medium tannins, on this enjoyable finish. (1366 views)
 Tasted by nocoretiree on 11/29/2013 & rated 90 points: We had a magnum of Saldo, which was more than plenty for four adults for T-giving meal. Let this breathe/decant for a couple hours and it opened up nicely. Nose & taste were of black cherry and some oak. Some earthy touches. Would describe as medium-bodied with just better than a medium finish. Good acidity/integration of the 15.5% alcohol made it a good match for the food. Winemakers notes indicated only 80% Zin & from 6 different AVAs. It struck me as more of a Dry Creek Valley Zin -- not timid, not robust -just elegant.
What it seemed to lack that would have raised the score in my mind was the slightly spicy nature found in some good Zins from any AVA.
Rated a little better than 89 the first night; the second night showed further improvement to be scored a 90. If you have a magnum, I would give it another year, although the standard bottle may be ready now with some breathing and decanting.
This wine was neither a bargain nor overpriced. (1949 views)
 Tasted by dnershi on 11/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Aromatics from this wine include strawberry and spice. On the palate this wine ripples with power! This is a big wine that envelopes the tongue with dark berries, thick coating tannins and a pop of spice. As the wine unfolds there are hints of tobacco and black cherry. There is a bit of heat as this heavyweight clocks in at 15.5% alcohol. (1897 views)
 Tasted by pricseno on 9/19/2013 & rated 89 points: Very drinkable Zin! (2597 views)
 Tasted by deon40g on 9/14/2013 & rated 89 points: The 2009 Orin Swift Saldo easily broaches the "Best Wines Under $30" category. It's a great value for the money and serves as a crowd pleaser for red wine drinkers...especially those who like big, fruit-forward wines. However, the 15.5% alcohol shows through on the nose and the palette. Overall, it is a zinfandel that will make a regular appearance on my table. If you like Saldo, try its big brother from Orin Swift, The Prisoner. Wine Spectator rates the 2009 Saldo an 88, whereas the CellarTracker community gives it a 90. I rate it 89 points with a slight downgrade for the alcohol notes. A great wine to have on hand.

Rating Scale: Extraordinary (95-100 points); Outstanding (90-94); Very Good to Excellent (85-89); Good (80-84); Average (75-79); Below average (70-74); Avoid (50-69)

Note: Cost reflects base price only; it excludes any taxes and shipping. (2428 views)
 Tasted by jlaws7lh on 8/9/2013 & rated 90 points: Enjoyable fruit bomb. (2450 views)
 Tasted by zinfomaniac on 7/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Very nice raspberry colored hue leading to a hybrid blackened strawberry but a touch too much heat. (2237 views)
 Tasted by Night Train on 7/4/2013 & rated 86 points: Nice color. Decent nose. Decent flavors and decent finish. Nothing horrible about it, but it seemed flat and lifeless. (2217 views)
 Tasted by ebert on 6/9/2013 & rated 90 points: Very good Zin but not great. Nice structure but a bit of a subtle mixture of flavors (1897 views)
 Tasted by Sniktaw on 6/9/2013 & rated 92 points: Now our favorite Zin hands down! (1916 views)
 Tasted by Sniktaw on 5/20/2013 & rated 91 points: Very nice easy drinking Zin. Not to be confused with the big bold reds we love but then it doesn't pretend to be. Nice soft nose and super smooth on the palate, dark stone fruits up front with a long spicey finish. Probably our new favorite Zin! Thumbs up to Orin Swift! If you like try his The Prisoner. (1818 views)
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