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Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 blends the lush berry flavors of Zinfandel(51%), power and concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon(23%), with the dark black fruit of Syrah (12%), and the intensity and structure of Petit Sirah(6%), the flesh of Charbono (6%) and a hint of Grenache(2%) combining for a decadent wine with great complexity.

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

Member Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

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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: 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: 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.


Snooth User: jodiesq
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4.00 5
06/26/2009

Very bold. Very delicious.


Snooth User: Sandy R
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4.50 5
04/19/2013

Yummy!


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External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

External Review
05/23/2011

Full body, medium acid. Red fruits, cinnamon, ginger, leather. Soft, lush texture. Heavy wood and game notes. Complex. High tannins in the finish suggest some cellar time.


External Review
01/10/2013

As I stated last year, there is no Hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastelandrsquo;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: 2012andndash;2028.


External Review
02/01/2011

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 ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2006 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 1500ml


External Review
05/23/2011

Good full red. Less obviously ripe aromas of black cherry, dark berries, cocoa powder and smoke, plus a faint medicinal nuance. More open in the mouth today that the last; shows lovely sweetness and texture and very good cut and thrust. Hints of leather and game. Not quite as ripe as the '97, but finishes quite persistent, with a subtly perfumed quality. This may well be for drinking after the '97.


External Review
05/23/2011

This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve - and there's a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.


External Review
05/23/2011

Dark red color. Sweet, lush but energetic aromas of bitter cherry, redcurrant, rhubarb, espresso and damp earth. Silky and fine-grained, with a wonderfully suave texture and youthful, primary dark berry, singed cherry and licorice flavors. The very fine, dusty tannins perfectly frame the sweet, fresh red berry flavors. Finishes seamless and very long.


External Review
05/23/2011

Deep ruby to the rim. Moderately full-bodied. Balanced acidity. Highly extracted. Mildly oaked. Mildly tannic. Black fruits, minerals. Full, fleshy aromas with a rounded personality. Firmly structured through the finish, with a deep core of black fruits. Approachable now, but this is built to age.


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The 2006 blends the lush berry flavors of Zinfandel(51%), power and concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon(23%), with the dark black fruit of Syrah (12%), and the intensity and structure of Petit Sirah(6%), the flesh of Charbono (6%) and a hint of Grenache(2%) combining for a decadent wine with great complexity.

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