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Orin Swift Prisoner Imperial 2006

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(Limit 1 per client) Pre-release order now to secure your BIG bottle for September release! TOTAL PRIVATE PRODUCTION ONLY 5 units! Imperial bottlings of fine wines available for less than $1,000 are extremely rare. Most sell for $2,000 - $3,000 making this collectors item particularly rare. Note: this is the equivalent of 8 full bottles. This hand etched, private bottling is a once in a lifetime offer for very thirsty, very special occasions. Literally, a �dream bottling� for any Prisoner fan! Prisoner Tasting Notes: "Begins with rich aromas of fresh fruit that entice you to dive into this sultry wine. Loaded with dark blackberry, plums, a plethora of exotic spices and hints of smoky oak and caramel that are perfectly balanced for a delightfully big and rich experience at a delightfully easy to swallow price. This 2006 vintage is even smoother in texture and more complex in deep, dark red fruit flavors than the previous vintages. If you liked the Prisoner blend 2005 you will ADORE this new release because it�s an even more serious and age-worthy red wine to enjoy over the next five years. Wow!� Hal Oates, Porthos.com

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Orin Swift Cellars:
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to l... Read more
Orin Swift Cellars is the realization of a dream that began while studying abroad at the University of Florence in Florence, Italy. Like so many other college students I was at odds with what to do upon graduation. Fortunately for me, my roommate at the time was from an old wine family in the Sonoma valley and he had a great suggestion: "Why not get into the wine business? You seem to like wine." In truth, I did enjoy wine and even more, I enjoyed the idea of what I perceived to be an honorable and honest profession. Having just finished an internship for a congressman the previous semester, the latter was very important to me. When I returned to the States, I tried to immerse myself in all aspects of the wine business, which is no easy task being in the middle of the desert at the University of Arizona. As luck would have it, I found a professor in the agriculture department who was also interested in growing grapes and in the spring of 1997 the University planted a one-acre experimental block in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. Equally important was the experience I gained while working at one of Tucson's finest retail wine shops learning the hardest part of the wine business, selling the stuff. A few months later, I found myself with a degree in political science working my first harvest for the Robert Mondavi Winery. I cut my teeth as the low man and only white guy on an all-Mexican nightshift. I was hooked. The next year, I started Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes and as my wife likes to say, with one pair of shoes. Over the last few years we've continued to grow, adding Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc to the program, as well as streamlining the Zinfandel into what is now our flagship wine, "The Prisoner". In addition, we recently purchased forty-eight acres of raw land in the hills above Oakville and hope to someday build a winery there. Until then, we welcome you to visit us at our newly renovated offices and tasting room located in the heart of downtown St. Helena at the historic Odd Fellows Lodge. From all of us at Orin Swift Cellars, we thank you for your interest and hope you continue to enjoy the wines, which we proudly offer. Read less

Member Reviews for Orin Swift Prisoner Imperial

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Snooth User: cowdiddly
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4.00 5
01/19/2009

now this is a red to get your hands around as it gets around you Good Value for the money


Snooth User: fthead9
28066369
5.00 5
12/12/2008

This may just be the best wine I've tasted. Branham Jazz is right up there as well as the 2002 Silver Oak Cab but for $35-40 you simply won't find a better wine. Very rich, complex, more chocolate than fruit, simply outstanding.


Snooth User: DickWeit
151468126
5.00 5
09/13/2009

This is my fovorite wine - no other wine seems to change so much from opening the bottle and the first pour to an hour later (or so) when I'm finishing the bottle. This wine is a regular in my celler and goes well with or without food. It's extrememly versatile in pairing with almost anything.


Snooth User: hikesnbikes
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4.50 5
08/24/2009

We first discovered this wine in a restaurant in Denver Co. What a delight! This is one of the most delicious reds I have ever tasted. Bold, full & rich in the mouth, but so smooth in the finish! A personal favorite for special gathering.


Snooth User: JordanWollman
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5.00 5
07/22/2009

Among my top 5 favorite bottles ever, at any price.


Snooth User: jodiesq
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4.00 5
06/26/2009

Very bold. Very delicious.


Snooth User: Sandy R
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4.50 5
04/19/2013

Yummy!


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External Reviews for Orin Swift Prisoner Imperial

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

There's a clarity to the red cherry scent of this wine, and the flavor follows through, clean and bright. Smoke, stones, and tannin emerge only in the end. Cellar to play up those notes; drink now with duck for pure holiday pleasure.


External Review
04/18/2013

As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2028.


External Review
04/18/2013

This is a beautiful wine, holding a perfect balance between bright, fresh fruit and savory notes of leather and spice. The blackberry flavors have a cool, foresty feel; the minerality runs deep, as smooth and overt as the galets that pave Beaucastel’s vineyards. It’s completely welcoming right now, especially with a rack of lamb.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
10/22/2014

Red wine 2006 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape France Region: Rh Free Shipping Insurance


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Ruby-red. Blackberry and cassis on the nose, with a complex set of earth, herb and floral qualities adding complexity. Deep and sweet, with bitter cherry and candied licorice flavors and youthfully firm tannins but no hardness. Turns more lively on the finish, picking up a spicy red berry character and leaving a long, pungent herbal trail behind. This needs time. "It's the opposite of a bimbo wine," Perrin offered.


External Review
11/12/2010

The outstanding 2006 Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet Blanc (equal parts Viognier, Marsanne, and Bourboulenc with 10% Clairette added for aromatics) is outstanding, one of the best versions of this wine I have tasted. It is dry, medium-bodied, wit... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2006 Chateau Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Blanc 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly better than their 2003 is Beaucastel's 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep ruby/purple in color with loads of licorice, smoked game, black cherry and blackberry fruit, along with incense and truffle, the wine has fabulous richness, high tannin, medium to full body, and beautiful length, richness, and purity. This is a beauty and one of the vintage's finest wines. Give it 4-6 years of bottle age and drink it over the next 25+ years. It has the potential to be one of the longest-lived Chateauneuf du Papes of the vintage.


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(Limit 1 per client) Pre-release order now to secure your BIG bottle for September release! TOTAL PRIVATE PRODUCTION ONLY 5 units! Imperial bottlings of fine wines available for less than $1,000 are extremely rare. Most sell for $2,000 - $3,000 making this collectors item particularly rare. Note: this is the equivalent of 8 full bottles. This hand etched, private bottling is a once in a lifetime offer for very thirsty, very special occasions. Literally, a �dream bottling� for any Prisoner fan! Prisoner Tasting Notes: "Begins with rich aromas of fresh fruit that entice you to dive into this sultry wine. Loaded with dark blackberry, plums, a plethora of exotic spices and hints of smoky oak and caramel that are perfectly balanced for a delightfully big and rich experience at a delightfully easy to swallow price. This 2006 vintage is even smoother in texture and more complex in deep, dark red fruit flavors than the previous vintages. If you liked the Prisoner blend 2005 you will ADORE this new release because it�s an even more serious and age-worthy red wine to enjoy over the next five years. Wow!� Hal Oates, Porthos.com

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