The Prisoner Wine Company

Saldo California Zinfandel

9.11395 ratings
8.853 pro ratings
California, USA
Zinfandel
Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, White Rice, Pasta, Potato, Herbs, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Tomato-Based, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Pork, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Beef, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Allison Lyzenga

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of very ripe black plum, blackberry, black cherry, intense vanilla; off dry, medium acid, medium tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; extremely ripe and full body, only moderately complex, quite jammy

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of very ripe black plum, blackberry, black cherry, intense vanilla; off dry, medium acid, medium tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; extremely ripe and full body, only moderately complex, quite jammy

Dec 13th, 2019
Hayden B. Oothout

Jammy! This is a very bold wine, not really balanced but it is unique. 85% Zinfandel 15% blend of Syrah & Petite Sirah. The Zinfandel comes from 3 different AVA’s. It is a unique blend, I recommend it for someone who doesn’t know a lot about wine and likes a bold wine, you could really impress them. I wonder what this wine was like when Phinney was the winemaker.

Jammy! This is a very bold wine, not really balanced but it is unique. 85% Zinfandel 15% blend of Syrah & Petite Sirah. The Zinfandel comes from 3 different AVA’s. It is a unique blend, I recommend it for someone who doesn’t know a lot about wine and likes a bold wine, you could really impress them. I wonder what this wine was like when Phinney was the winemaker.

Apr 26th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

Deep Ruby. Raisins. Figs. Sensual nose. Perfumed. Paired week with Pork Belly.

Deep Ruby. Raisins. Figs. Sensual nose. Perfumed. Paired week with Pork Belly.

Mar 12th, 2019
"Odedi"

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A Pretty color.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, pencil lead, oak, black olives, vanilla, licorice, cloves and black pepper.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, chocolates, licorice, cloves, spices, oak, vanilla and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with firm tannins (after 45 minutes) and tangy cranberries.

This Zinfandel from California is always enjoyable. Big and bold, and a good party wine. Very fruity and spicy with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

Might be too sweet for some.

15.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A Pretty color.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, pencil lead, oak, black olives, vanilla, licorice, cloves and black pepper.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, chocolates, licorice, cloves, spices, oak, vanilla and peppercorn.

Medium plus in length on the finish with firm tannins (after 45 minutes) and tangy cranberries.

This Zinfandel from California is always enjoyable. Big and bold, and a good party wine. Very fruity and spicy with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

Might be too sweet for some.

15.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Nov 28th, 2018
Cory Fierro

This has all the hallmarks of a quality zinfandel, down to the jammy red fruits and pepperish nose. What sets it apart is the first notes I smelled when I stuck my nose in the glass: gorgeous red and purple flowers that offer grace and beauty to an otherwise behemoth of a wine. At 15.9% abv this wine drinks even higher, if you can believe that. Drink with food, but enjoy regardless.

This has all the hallmarks of a quality zinfandel, down to the jammy red fruits and pepperish nose. What sets it apart is the first notes I smelled when I stuck my nose in the glass: gorgeous red and purple flowers that offer grace and beauty to an otherwise behemoth of a wine. At 15.9% abv this wine drinks even higher, if you can believe that. Drink with food, but enjoy regardless.

14 people found it helpfulFeb 5th, 2015
Robb Miller

I don't always drink Zin, but when I do it's awesome.

I don't always drink Zin, but when I do it's awesome.

8 people found it helpfulJun 8th, 2014
Lauren Jenks

Jammy jam jam. A little pepper. Smooth. Good with my lamb curry.

Jammy jam jam. A little pepper. Smooth. Good with my lamb curry.

5 people found it helpfulJul 30th, 2015
Tyler Christensen

Monster wine. Fruit, a bit of pepper, nice structure. Paired quite nicely with steak and potatoes

Monster wine. Fruit, a bit of pepper, nice structure. Paired quite nicely with steak and potatoes

4 people found it helpfulAug 23rd, 2015
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

8.6

Heavy oak.

Heavy oak.

3 people found it helpfulJan 24th, 2015
Kat Collins

Definitely needs to breathe a bit before drinking. Color is a deep ruby. Lots of black fruit, dried cranberries, medicinal, tobacco, and cedar. Alcohol is slightly hot when first opened. Tingled my nose. Tannins are medium, wine is full-bodied. Unusual bottle label. Not really my style wine, though. Too much power and not enough subtle.

Definitely needs to breathe a bit before drinking. Color is a deep ruby. Lots of black fruit, dried cranberries, medicinal, tobacco, and cedar. Alcohol is slightly hot when first opened. Tingled my nose. Tannins are medium, wine is full-bodied. Unusual bottle label. Not really my style wine, though. Too much power and not enough subtle.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 4th, 2016