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."
Through the success of The Prisoner, winemakerDave Phinney has gained access to some of the best Zinfandel vineyards in the Northern California growing community. Dave decided he wanted to makea high quality Zinfandel and what he created did notfit the constraints of a single AVA.There are grapes from Sonoma, Napa, Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties. Some of these great vineyards include Aparicio, Duarte, Pato, Eagle Point, Mattern, Taylor, Haywood and Tofanelli just to name a few.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.