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2017 The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel

2017 The Prisoner Wine Company Saldo Zinfandel

The Prisoner Wine Company certainly takes the prize for coolest and most innovative labels across all of their wines. Here’s a good page to view them all. This bottle, Saldo, stands out for its simplicity which I love. The wine inside is far from simple though. It’s a beast.

Although it’s labeled as a Zinfandel, the wine is actually a blend of 85% Zinfandel with 15% Petite Sirah and Syrah. The grapes are sourced from Dry Creek, Lodi, and Amador, all hotbeds for good Zinfandel.

Saldo Zinfandel

Costco brought the wine in at $26.99, which is pretty good. It is $30 on and most places online and the retail is $32.

You can tell you’re getting into something interesting right on the pour. The wine is about as dark as wine can get. Loads of blueberry, boysenberry and black licorice; jammy with some toasted oak and espresso; the finish lingers forever with some peppery spice.

Saldo Zinfandel

I do like a big Zin every now and then.  If you know what you’re getting into here I think many readers will find a lot they like. If you’re about to tear into some BBQ ribs or some other smoky meats, this would be a good pick. 

If you prefer more toned down, nuanced wines, you might want to pass as this one might be a bit much. Rating: 89 points

Costco item number: 446997

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA

Alc. 15.5%