Wilfred Wong 93
“The 2019 Saldo Zinfandel gushes forward with excellent power without taking over the palate. This remarkable wine offers a lasting impression of palate pleasures. TASTING NOTES: This wine offers alluring aromas and flavors of black fruit, savory spices, licorice, and oak. Serve it with roast duck topped with a cassis sauce.” (Tasted: February 15, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
Saldo doesnt fit in, but that doesnt matter. When youre from here and there (thats what Saldo means in Latin), you dont need to form to one, single place. Thats the funny thing about expectationstheyre made to be broken. Dark ruby color with bold aromas of black licorice, black pepper, cherry, and baking spice. The entry is rich, full, and scintillating. The palate is mouthwatering and smooth with a hint of chocolate. The finish is voluptuous with soft, velvety tannins.~winery notes
Orin Swift D66View all from Orin Swift D66
"The wines of Dave Phinney capture the imagination in a way unlike almost any we know of in today's competitive wine market. They are unapologetically full-flavored and intense, yet with a backbone of structure that beautifully holds it all in place. Department 66 is a passion project of Dave's born out of an inspiring visit to the village of Maury in the Rousillon, which falls within France's 66th department. Dave discovered, in his words, "perhaps the most amazing confluence of vineyards I've ever been exposed to." He spent days driving around with his jaw agape, stunned by the raw beauty of this truly unique place. The terrain is dominated by black schist with small deposits of Granite and Limestone in red rocky soils known as Angile. From it, Dave Phinney and his crew craft three wines: the dark and concentrated D66 made of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan; the aromatic, opulent and layered Fragile Rosé; and a new release known as Others, which is a rich, intense wine that introduces old vine Mourvedre to the blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. In recent years, Dave has built a winery in Maury and ammassed over 300 acres of vineyards, many of which are 60-100 years in vine age. Maury is not a second home to the Phinney family, but rather their "other home" as its place in their hearts and minds is second to none."