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The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel 2013

Zinfandel from California
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15.9% ABV
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15.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Dense ruby color and intriguing aromas of black fruits and baked blueberry pie. Rich and full yet velvety on the palate offering dense concentration of flavor backed by good acidity. Persistent, long finish of roasted coffee beans, a hint of vanilla, peppery spice and smooth tannins.

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JS 91
James Suckling
Aromas of black pepper, green pepper, blackberry and blueberry. Red licorice too. Full-bodied, yet defined and fresh. Shows a finish of various fresh herbs, from sage to rosemary flower. Old vines with most more than 60 years old. 80% zinfandel. Most is from Sonoma County.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Jammy and loaded with toasty oak, with aromas of dark cherry, caramel and cracked pepper leading to zesty flavors of dried sage, espresso and licorice. A bit tannic on the finish. Drink now through 2020l
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Saldo (a Latin word for “from here and there”) actually comes from multiple AVAs in Northern California – Amador, Mendocino, Contra Costa, as well as Napa and Sonoma. One hundred percent Zinfandel, it displays briary, peppery, meaty notes, some Provençal herbs, black cherry and black currant fruit. It also offers some underlying, meaty earthiness and is a long, lusty wine that should drink well for another 3-4 years.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of
Are you telling me that you don't know zin? Well, if that is the case, then you have to sink your teeth into this super big, mouthfilling and bold berried wine. The 2012 Saldo is amazingly rich and yet fit and well built. Yes, this one packs a wallop and may never let you go. Pair this with grilled leg of lamb with a savory red wine reduction sauce and you will be a convert! Deep ruby, black in color; bold berries, with a surprising savory accent; full bodied and firm on the palate, smooth and layered; lasting ripe raspberry flavors tempered with sweet earth and savor; long finish. Drinks pretty nicely now. (Tasted: December 2, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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The Prisoner Wine Company

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The Prisoner Wine Company, California
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The Prisoner Wine Company’s eponymous first wine was inspired by the drinkable “mixed blacks” made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in Napa Valley. Since launch, The Prisoner soon became recognized as one of the most innovative Napa Valley wines, leading the resurgence of California red blends and earning “cult wine” status. Now complemented by a white blend (Blindfold), Chardonnay (The Snitch), Cabernet Sauvignon (Cuttings), Zinfandel (Saldo), Merlot (Thorn) and a Red Blend (Dérangé), The Prisoner Wine Company’s winemaking philosophy remains the same: To collaborate with a family of growers throughout California’s best winegrowing regions to craft wines of exceptional quality and unexpected character.

The Prisoner Wine Company acquires grapes from more than 100 vineyards throughout California’s premier grape-growing regions, partnering with phenomenal growers who are dedicated to cultivating unique varieties. Chrissy Wittmann and her team of winemakers collaborate with this family of growers, visiting each vineyard site throughout the year to carefully assess the style and quality of every lot to make the best possible wine from each vintage.


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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.


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Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel is often thought of as California’s flagship grape. And it fact it owns this title by having the ability to adapt to the states’ many microclimates and landscapes, producing unique expressions of the grape throughout. Zinfandel thrives in California’s Central Coast, as well throughout Sonoma County, parts of Napa Valley, the Sierra Foothills, Lodi and Paso Robles.

Zinfandel was born in Croatia and later made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. The astute imperial nursery of Vienna collected specimens of the vine and acted as the source of its journey to New England, carried by George Gibbs circa 1829. Eventually, making its way to California around the Gold Rush of 1849, Zinfandel found its new home, parading the true American spirit.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly expresses powerful notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, dark chocolate and licorice. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig or prune. But Zinfandel grown in cooler, coastal zones often expresses red fruit, black pepper and fresh herbal characteristics of juniper and menthol.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs or anything barbecued. More delicate Zins work with pork, lamb curry and even Ceasar Salad or Salad Nicoise.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding, ancient vines tend to produce wine that is deeply concentrated, delicately perfumed and decidedly complex.

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