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Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2005
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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Editorial Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner
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
Wish I had bought a case of this before WS put it in their Top 100. Delicious, smooth, very fruit forward.
Vin unique à moment unique.. Souvenirs au restaurant "Le Verger des Papes"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner
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.
The 1998 Château Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape includes more Grenache (40%) in the final blend, as well as 20% Mourvèdre, 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 6-10 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.
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.
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.
At first glance, this is not particularly impressive; itrsquo;s slightly herbal and rustic, with a raisiny edge to the fruit. But this really improves with air, fleshing out on the midpalate and losing the raisiny notes in favor of plum and savory notes. Give it four or five years in cellar and drink it over the next 15 or so.
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.
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 15-20 years.
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