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Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

A delicious wine offering zesty wild berry, spice and fresh tobacco, with focused and well-structured blackberry flavors. Plush, rich and concentrated, with wonderful focus. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono. Drink now through 2011." 93ptsJL2005 Orin Swift the Prisoner Zinfandel Blend Napa - Predominantly Zinfandel with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blended in, it's up there with the best California Zins that cost twice as much. Zin blends are some of the most exciting wines coming out of California today and this is perhaps the finest example. Don't miss this delicious fruit bomb bursting with deep, rich flavors. The best release yet from Orin Swift Cellars. The new Prisoner 2005 is the best yet (!) and has the intoxicating personality of a big Zin and the complexity of a serious Cabernet – just what fans of this wine have come to expect from Napa's #1 most exciting red wine experience at this price! The rich aromas of fresh fruit 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 perfectly balanced together for a delightfully big and rich experience at a delightfully easy to swallow price. This 2005 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 2004 you will LOVE the new release even more because it's an even bolder and more elegant experience to enjoy tonight or anytime over the next five years. This is a California Wine.

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

Editorial Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
02/06/2013

Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-s-thon. Turn back the clock to beaucastel of days gone by all backed up with super clean fresh black fruit Big and slightly thick in the mouth, there is an early minty edge here followed by a palate full of tight but rich, muscular, meaty dark fruit filled with carob, earth and almost fudgy candied flavors. Finishing dry and dark with deep earthy notes hints of heat, pepperiness and some old woodiness this is still a bit tannic and firm in the mouth but at the same time it shows great precision and balance. A fabulous beaucastel. 94pts


Member Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

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Snooth User: brinksman
36786100
4.50 5
08/07/2008

Wish I had bought a case of this before WS put it in their Top 100. Delicious, smooth, very fruit forward.


Snooth User: Pierrot
10128268
5.00 5
11/26/2008

Vin unique à moment unique.. Souvenirs au restaurant "Le Verger des Papes"


Snooth User: mfriedensohn
9077495
4.00 5
10/06/2008

I love chocalatey bold flavored wines, you can drink this wine by itself and it almost feels like a meal (not recommending for a weight loss program!). But it can really stand on its own, maybe with some cheese or breads. Really quite good.


Snooth User: AdamRobert
3186285
3.50 5
09/21/2007

A well made, fruity, but not too jammy wine that makes me want to start liking zinfandel. I don't know if its worth $30 or $40, but its a safe bet that most everyone should like. And the label is really cool.


Snooth User: Jesse Janz
7398470
4.50 5
06/03/2008

For the price ($35 US) you can't beat this wine. It is mainly zinfandel and is very fruit forward with wild berry and an underlying spice. The wine starts big and ends with a medium long finish that will make you want to order more.


Snooth User: tboneinfc
4079950
5.00 5
01/21/2008

Rich, fruit forward without being the "fruit bomb" so common these days. Robust nose without the astringent smell for such a strong alcohol content wine. Complex on the palate smoky sweet without being cloying. This wine is a treat for me.


Snooth User: Slyfox
23183949
5.00 5
09/02/2009

This is absolutely my FAVORITE WINE. I love big wines and this one has the right balance of alcohol and fruit. I would swim in it!


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External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Deep ruby to the rim. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly extracted. Mildly oaked. Minerals, black fruits, earth. Youthful and intense, with a lean and angular impression on the palate, buoyed by firm acidity. Crisp and flavorful finish shows length.


External Review
01/10/2013

One of the largest estates in the Chandacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape (272 acres total, with 198 in Chandacirc;teauneuf), this property is owned and run by the Perrin family. In the 2005 vintage, they produced their best regular cuvandeacute;e since 1989 (wine Spectatorandrsquo;s Wine of the Year in 1991). the Beaucastel vineyard produces dense and explosive wines form a collage of 13 different grapes, most notably Grenache and Mourvandegrave;dre. Each is fermented separately in either concrete or wooden vats. The third year of drought, 2005 only intensified the concentration and structure of this ageworthy red.


External Review
07/05/2011

The 2003 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape turned out as well as I could have hoped and is certainly an outstanding wine, deep ruby/purple with a tight but promising nose of black fruits, loamy, earthy notes intermixed with pepper, smoke, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine is somewhat closed in the mouth (but it had been bottled 30 days prior to my visit), has full bodied, moderately high, slightly rustic tannins, but big-impact flavors with plenty of texture, density, and purity. Give this wine 3-5 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 20 years.


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

Beaucastel's 2001 is assertive and intense, its black fruit flavors acquiring leathery, peppery overtones. Its brooding power is complemented by a silky texture, and it finishes with ripe, suave tannins.


External Review
01/03/2012

One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly better than their 2003 is Beaucastelrsquo;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 vintagersquo;s finest wines. Give it 4ndash;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.


External Review
07/05/2011

Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030.


External Review
07/05/2011

The classic 1995 Châteauneuf du Pape will require discipline. Like most top vintages of Beaucastel, a decade of patience will be warranted before this wine will be enjoyable to drink. Given how tight and closed the 1993 and 1994 are, it is the rare vintage of Beaucastel (1989, 1990, and 1985) that is accessible in its youth, yet they remain capable of aging for 20-25 years. In some ways, proprietors Francois and Jean Pierre Perrin might be accused of trying to make the wine too long-lived, as if this is the primary merit to a great red wine. The 1995 will have three decades of longevity, but it will not be approachable before 2006. It exhibits a deep dark ruby/purple color, and a provocative (probably controversial) aromatic profile of animal fur, tar, truffles, black cherries, cassis, licorice, and minerals. A medium to full-bodied wine, with a boatload of tannin, considerable grip and structure, and a weighty feel in the mouth, this appears to be a classic vin de garde made in the style of the 1978 Beaucastel (which is still not close to full maturity). Prospective purchasers over the age of forty should be buying this wine for their children.


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A delicious wine offering zesty wild berry, spice and fresh tobacco, with focused and well-structured blackberry flavors. Plush, rich and concentrated, with wonderful focus. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono. Drink now through 2011." 93ptsJL2005 Orin Swift the Prisoner Zinfandel Blend Napa - Predominantly Zinfandel with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blended in, it's up there with the best California Zins that cost twice as much. Zin blends are some of the most exciting wines coming out of California today and this is perhaps the finest example. Don't miss this delicious fruit bomb bursting with deep, rich flavors. The best release yet from Orin Swift Cellars. The new Prisoner 2005 is the best yet (!) and has the intoxicating personality of a big Zin and the complexity of a serious Cabernet – just what fans of this wine have come to expect from Napa's #1 most exciting red wine experience at this price! The rich aromas of fresh fruit 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 perfectly balanced together for a delightfully big and rich experience at a delightfully easy to swallow price. This 2005 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 2004 you will LOVE the new release even more because it's an even bolder and more elegant experience to enjoy tonight or anytime over the next five years. This is a California Wine.

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