Saldo is the prototypical Zinfandel that showcases some of Northern California’s most renowned Zinfandel vineyards and regions. The word “Saldo” is of Latin origin often referring to “from here and there” or in this case, representing our sourcing of Zinfandel from regions “here and there” across Northern California.
We source from California’s oldest, dry-farmed, historic vineyards. These vines are grown in distinct soil types in the cool climates of Sonoma and Mendocino county and stretching inland to the warmer regions of Lodi and the Sierra Foothills. The wine displays a dark ruby color with bold aromas of blackberry, plum and clove. The entry is rich and full, with juicy acidity encircled in flavors of Mexican chocolate, cherry and vanilla extract. There is a voluptuous and persistent finish with smooth tannins.
Saldo sources grapes from California’s finest and most renowned Zinfandel regions and American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), including Dry Creek, Sierra Foothills, Sonoma Valley, The Talmage Bench in Mendocino, Lodi, and the Moon Mountain District of Sonoma County. Some of our carefully selected vineyards include Mattern, Aparicio, Teldeschi, Grist, Taylor, and Bismark Mountain Vineyard.
“I’m fascinated by the history of Zinfandel in California. The old vine vineyards and the generations of families dedicated to growing and preserving these historic vines makes Zinfandel a truly special variety.”
—Jen Beloz, Winemaker
Mattern is located on the rich, red soils of Talmage Bench in Mendocino County. Originally planted in the 1930’s and '40s and owned by John Mattern, this biodynamically grown vineyard is an extremely warm site — perfect for Zinfandel.
Originally planted from 1980-81 by Joe Aparicio, the “Goblet” style vineyard perfectly performs year after year. This old-world pruning style allows the grapes to hang freely, get ample air flow, and bathe in perfectly filtered light. Extremely unique soils for this region, its bright red and rocky soil holds a rich volcanic history.
Situated at 1,000 ft above the Dry Creek valley floor, this head trained Zinfandel vineyard sits on iron rich, red volcanic soils. The vineyard is on the western ridge of the Dry Creek appellation, and benefits from the cool afternoon breezes which roll in from the Pacific Ocean, tempering the warmth of a typical Dry Creek Valley summer day.
Patrick and Eivor Taylor treat each one of their Zinfandel vines as one of their children, meticulously tending to all its needs. The vineyard is a patchwork quilt of different row directions, different ages of vines, and different exposures to the Dry Creek Valley sunlight. This diverse topography translates into prime opportunities for blending to create a truly unique expression of this vineyard.
Joel and Martine Herche have raised their five sons amongst their beautiful 80 year old, head trained Zinfandel vines, just outside of Victor, California. As a family, they have spent countless hours tending the vines and treating the vineyard as the 6th son or brother. Fine sandy soil unique to the area creates very low yielding vines that are naturally well balanced, showcasing concentrated and dark fruit flavors.