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Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

96 points and 'Top 10 Wines of 2013 (#8),' Wine Spectator: Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 5 stars, 19.5/20 points, Decanter.

Chateau de Beaucastel:
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" boug... Read more
In 1321, under the reign of Pope John XXII, four barrels were brought from the papal cellar in Avignon to be filled with wine in Châteauneuf. Subsequently, the Popes increased their vineyard holdings in the region and the papal wine gained in fame. The Beaucastel family were living in Courthezon by the middle of the sixteenth century. In 1549 "Noble Pierre de Beaucastel" bought "a barn with its plot of land extending to 52 saumées at Coudoulet". Later, the manor house that we know today was built here and you can still see the arms of the Beaucastel family sculpted in stone in one of walls of the drawingroom. The Beaucastels were among the more notable families of this little town and in 1687 Pierre de Beaucastel, in recognition of his conversion to Catholicism after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, was appointed "Capitaine de la ville de Courthezon" by Louis XIV. The letter from Louis XIV, also signed by Colbert, to Pierre de Beaucastel is still in our possession. Two centuries later at the time of the phylloxera, the owner of Beaucastel was Elie Dussaud, a companion of Ferdinand de Lesseps who built the Suez Canal. In 1909 Pierre Tramier bought the property and Beaucastel then passed to his son-in-law, Pierre Perrin, a scientist who considerably increased the vineyard holding. His efforts were continued by Jacques Perrin until 1978... Today the torch is carried by Jean Pierre and François, sons of Jacques. But Marc, Pierre, Thomas and Matthieu, who represent the fifth generation, are ready to pursue this fabulous family history. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,662
0.00 5
02/12/2013

Sweet and dusty on the nose, this shows aromas of tight red fruits flecked with mineral and allspice notes. On entry the texture is quite silky with black cherry fruit that is threaded with a contrasting medicinal edge. There is lovely purity and aromatic fruit, violet and sweet spice notes that are wrapped up in a restrained, slightly chewy package. The finish is long and pure, exhibiting excellent tension and focus in the mouth and right through the end. A bit reticent today but really very fine. 94pts


External Reviews for Orin Swift the Prisoner Napa Valley

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/27/2012

The Chateau Beaucastel 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance other permitted varietals. Surprisingly ripe and soft with a dense ruby/purple color as well as lots of blueber... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2010 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/21/2012

Grandiose Nase – betörend schwarzbeerig, kräuterwürzig und mineralischfrisch, Veilchen, Lakritze, Brombeere, auch schwarze Kirschen, Pfeffer, schwarze Oliven und dunkle Pflaumen entströmen dem Glas. Im Mund dann von unerhörter Rasse, Eleganz und geschliffener Frucht. Spannende, salzig-mineralische Aromatik mit Noten von geräuchertem Fleisch, Lakritze, einem würzigen Zimttouch und Nelken. Typisch im Finale der wilde Unterholzton und die superfeinen geschliffenen Tannine.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3ndash;5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25ndash;30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/02/2011

A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2010 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/08/2013

Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Interestingly enough, even though many of the 2010 Perrin et Fils selections from the southern Rhone were scheduled to be bottled right after my visit, the 2010 Beaucastel had already been put in bottle. This is a gorgeous wine, a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and the balance the other permitted varietals in the appellation. Deep purple, with loads of bouquet garni, beef blood, blackberry, kirsch, smoke and truffle, this wine is full-bodied, rich and showing even better than it did last year. I still think it needs 3andndash;5 years of cellaring, and it should last for 25andndash;30 years, as most of the top vintages of Beaucastel do.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and dark fruit preserves and garrigue. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering vibrant black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of smokiness and intense minerality. Tannins come on late and are quickly sucked up by this wine's intense fruit. Rich and lively, with excellent finishing clarity and length.


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96 points and 'Top 10 Wines of 2013 (#8),' Wine Spectator: Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiture waiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the background and glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 5 stars, 19.5/20 points, Decanter.

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