Wine review: 2012 Saldo Zinfandel

2012 Saldo Zinfandel
2012 Saldo Zinfandel
(Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

The label is flat-out Minimalist — just the name Saldo, nothing else — for an opulent California Zinfandel made by the Prisoner Wine Co. Dark ruby, with concentrated flavors of blackberries and dark cherries, a velvety texture and ripe tannins, the 2012 Saldo is big and bold but dialed back just enough to call it elegant. Maybe it’s the touch of Petite Sirah and Syrah in the blend.

This is a wine that could make you fall in love with Zinfandel again.

Open a bottle with Santa Maria-style tri-tip, braised beef dishes or pork vindaloo.

Region: Northern California

Price: $26 to $30

Style: Bold, full-bodied

What it goes with: Grilled meats, Santa Maria-style barbecue, braised beef, pork vindaloo

Where to find it: Fine Wine House in Pasadena, (877) 981-6555,; Green Jug in Woodland Hills, (818) 887-9463,; Lincoln Fine Wines in Venice, (310) 392-7816,; Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants in West Los Angeles, (310) 447-2020,; Vendome Liquors in Fullerton, (714) 524-0800, and Beverly Hills, (310) 276-9463,; Wally’s Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111 and (800) 678-9463;


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