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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
89065221,690
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
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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

The opaque ruby/purple colored 2000 Châteauneuf-du-Pape offers a profoundly sweet perfume of melted licorice, blackberries, and black cherries backed up by loads of glycerin, full body, and moderately high but sweet, well-integrated tannin. There is a seamlessness to the 2000 that will make it accessible early in life, and thus atypical of Beaucastel. The 1985 behaved in this manner when young, but the 2000 possesses even more stuffing. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals.


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

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
01/03/2012

The 1998 Chacirc;teau Beaucastel Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape includes more Grenache (40%) in the final blend, as well as 20% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance from other authorized grape varietals. It is an explosively rich, remarkably flattering Beaucastel, even after bottling. Most Beaucastels have a tendency to shut down completely, and not reemerge for 6ndash;10 years. Bottled early in the summer, the 1998 is flamboyant, no doubt because of the larger than normal percentage of Grenache. It boasts explosive richness, thick, juicy blackberry and kirsch liqueur, smoke, licorice, roasted meats and truffles. The acidity seems low, and the wine fat, full-bodied, and intense.


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

This takes hours in the glass to reveal its potential. Then its silken texture begins to let up aromas of cedar and spice and the flavors deepen, becoming meatier even while brighter notes of red cherry begin to shine. Those flavors last, strong and long, feeling complete. Put it away for another five to 15 years.


External Review
07/05/2011

Like some '99s, it's a bit leaner that the 2000s or 1998's, but it's well-made, with youthful exuberance of ripe fruit, toasted oak, grilled meat, smoked chestnuts and blood orange, ironlike notes. Best from 2005 through 2010.


External Review
01/03/2012

Year after year Francois Perrin produces wines of elegance, charm and style. A blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise and 20% miscellaneous varietals, this is a big, rich, full-bodied, luscious wine that is delicious young, but will last for 15ndash;20 years.


External Review
01/03/2012

The 1996 Beaucastel is performing better after time in the bottle. With high acidity, this tannic, austere example is reminiscent (at least texturally) of a young Meacute;doc. Blackberry, earthy, leathery, spicy notes can be found in the aromas. In the mouth, the wine exhibits medium body, tangy acidity, plenty of meaty Mourvegrave;dre characteristics, and a structured, austere finish. It should only be purchased by those with the patience to wait for this wine to develop. Anticipated maturity: 2004ndash;2015.


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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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