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The Prisoner truly is... "one of a kind". When Dave Phinney (founder) launched the wine in 2003, there really was no ...Read more...
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The nose is a pleasant blend of red fruit, strawberries, plum, green grass and tar. The taste is very jammy up front, with rich fruit, plum, blackb... Read more
I had an older vintage ... I believe a bit over priced for the lack of depth, but overall a nice balanced wine Read more
Napa Valley, CaliforniaThe new 2012 vintage has arrived, but it's very limited!Orin Swift The Prisoner is a must-try red wine gem from a gifted and... Read more
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The nose is a pleasant blend of red fruit, strawberries, plum, green grass and tar. The taste is very jammy up front, with rich fruit, plum, blackberry and strawberry that transitioned to some dusty limestone and smoke midpalate. The finish was smooth and very dry, with a smoky accent that lingered for a good while. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/12/2012-prisoner.html
I had an older vintage ... I believe a bit over priced for the lack of depth, but overall a nice balanced wine
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Napa Valley, CaliforniaThe new 2012 vintage has arrived, but it's very limited!Orin Swift The Prisoner is a must-try red wine gem from a gifted and fast-rising winemaker, Dave Phinney. Considering that Wine Spectator has selected The Prisoner to join the ranks of the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year not just in one recent year (#47 in 2009 for the 2007 vintage) but 3 times in the past 6 years, it is nearly inconceivable that Dave Phinney began his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! He recently purchased 48 acres of land in the hills above Oakville and hopes one day to build a winery there. We can all look forward to enjoying the evolution of Orin Swift Cellars! The 2011 vintage received a 92-point rating from Wine Spectator and we expect a similar score for this one. Robert Parker just rated it 90 points, so don't delay!Orin Swift The Prisoner is 46% Zinfandel blended with 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 2% Charbono. The wine is dark red, almost garnet hue with bright red on the rim. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. It was aged in both new and seasoned French and American oak. The wine is soft and round with weight, length and structure and good acidity to soften its big fruit. On the finish it is long and lingering with soft, velvety tannins.Enjoy Orin Swift The Prisoner with roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.
There are 20 000 cases of the 2012 The Prisoner which is an interesting blend of 46% Zinfandel 22% Cabernet Sauvignon 18% Petite Sirah 12% Syrah and a small amount of Charbono. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big peppery meaty Rhone-like bouquet with hints of bay leaf unsmoked cigar tobacco black currants and sweet jammy cherries. Medium to full-bodied and explosively fruity this is a lovely hedonistic seriously endowed red to drink over the next 3-4 years. - Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.
The wine has a deep ruby red hue that is framed in rich crimson. Aromas of black cherry and plum, surrounded by roasted co ee beans and vanillin oak accents. The entry is powerful and lush with flavors of bing cherry, blueberry and cocoa. Soft and velvety tannins round out the finish making this wine approachable and inviting. - Jen Beloz, WinemakerThe blend:46% Zinfandel22% Cabernet Sauvignon18% Petite Sirah12% Syrah2% CharbonoAging: 30% New Oak, Combination of French and American Oak Barrels
The Prisoner truly is... "one of a kind". When Dave Phinney (founder) launched the wine in 2003, there really was no other wine like it. Inspired and created by the drinkable "mixed blacks" first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley, it was innovative and unique. In the late '90s a handful of Napa producers took an interest in making this style of wine. The blend soon began to incorporate not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache.
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