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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: Cheese and Grapes
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4.00 5
06/28/2009

Medium bodied and spicy, with sweet oak. Great wine, great price! Very sip worthy.


Snooth User: fthead9
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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: Zinmaniac
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4.50 5
06/03/2012

Deep dark red, classic Zinfandel aromas of jam, blackberries and spice, full-bodied and smooth, dark fruits and hint of black cherry, with peppery and spicy finish, lingering warmth and light tannins.


Snooth User: DickWeit
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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.


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External Reviews for Orin Swift Prisoner Imperial

External Review
04/30/2010

Napa Cellars Zinfandel 2006 and all other premium wine from Napa Cellars available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


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

Full ruby. Highly complex nose combines black fruits, gibier, truffle, road tar, licorice and leather. Very intense and spicy, but still tightly wound, with a firm acid spine keeping the flavors under wraps. "Very interior wine today," notes Perrin. But one already senses the incipient complexity. Finishes with building tannins, a note of caramel and terrific persistence. This will need time.


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
11/14/2013

( 120) Vivid ruby. Spicy finely etched red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by fresh lavender herbs and minerals. The palate offers tangy raspberry and cherry skin flavors with gentle tannins adding shape. Impressively pure even delicate with outstanding finishing clarity and length. This beguiles rather than brutalizes; I underestimated it last year. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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

Clean and fresh, bursting with fruit and spices. Full-bodied, it delivers some game, truffle, vanilla notes. It's distinctive and ought to reveal wonderful terroir with age, but for now it hasn't come together. Needs time. Drink now through 2020.


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

Ruby-red. Powerful red and dark berry aromas verge on liqueur-like but are enlivened by zesty mineral and anise accents. Lush, supple and sweet, with deep raspberry and cherry flavors, fine-grained tannins and complicating herb and smoked meat tones. Very smooth on the finish, which is sappy, deep in cherry flavor and impressively long.


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

Ripe and fleshy, with lots of black cherry, plum, anise and tar flavors riding along a succulent palate. Sweet and velvety on the finish; this is drinkable now but will age easily. Drink now through 2011.


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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

Dietary Information: Organic

Closure: Cork


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