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Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007

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2007 Orin Swift the Prisoner Zinfandel BlendThe 2007 Prisoner blend is 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah and a dash of Charbono and Grenache. The wine has jammy aromas and lush flavors of wild berries with hints of spice and tobacco. There is nice structure, very smooth for a youngster with a lasting finish.The blend changes a little bit each year but generally keeps to the same flavor profile that has made the wine a raging success among its enthusiastic fans - this vintage is 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.Not the "typical" contemporary Napa red, but more like a "field blend" that might have been made decades ago. Fruit sourced from some of the best of the best Napa Valley vineyards: Tofanelli, Morisoli, Page Nord, Marston, to name a few. 2005 vintage was #17 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007 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

Member Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549179,311
3.00 5
05/08/2010

Big rich nose yet not overdone with currants, dusty fruit and an obvious oak kiss. The palate is velvety smooth with a semi-sweet mid-palate performance as it shows red and blue fruits with cinnamon gram cracker. Nice, long fruity finish.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
11/14/2009

This one is a bit more reserved than the bold bruiser that was 2006. However, I think I preferred the 2006 just a bit more. This one's more calm and a tad more refined. Still a magnificent blend form Orin Swift. BV tasting 11/14/09 Lee's Discount Liquor


Snooth User: basilwino
2282621,039
4.50 5
08/12/2009

Wonderful dessert wine with chocolate. Nice and hefty with lots of plum. Not as good as 04, 05 or 06. Try to get those first.


Snooth User: deconut
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4.00 5
07/23/2010

Amazing cult wine -


Snooth User: lamarr
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4.50 5
06/15/2009

1. 2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner – Napa Valley (15.2%) – Color: perfect (interpret as you will), Nose: ooo, a bit hot, time to decant….(“Smells like a winner! –Alastor), Taste: Ahh, just dances on the tongue…like Pop Rocks, very strong chocolate notes, cloves, cinnamon, subtle, plums, solid lasting finish that reminds me of home. Lamarr: A, strong A (a very good wine, yet could by a wine of similar stature for much less, low 20s. Interested in the ‘04 through ’06 vintages, as I’m told those blow this out of the water) Hector: A, 94 (It was good, not what I expected, so perhaps I’m a bit disappointed, yet is quite delicious)


Snooth User: Nick75
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3.50 5
10/10/2009

Took a while to mellow out in the glass. Once it shed its bottle it revealed a deep, intense, chocolate flavor.


Snooth User: The Wine Teacher
270519206
4.00 5
03/17/2011

Garnet-red in colour tinged with brick. The nose is complex with many layers including cherry, casis, earth, violets, smoke and coffee. Very well balanced. The palate is luscious with complex fruit echoing the nose. The finish lingers and flavours intensify.


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External Reviews for Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Saturated, deep ruby-red. Multidimensional nose of smoked game, roasted coffee, minerals and spice (less civilized than the rsquo;96); simultaneously animal, vegetal and mineral like the best vintages of Beaucastel. Great velvety sweetness in the mouth; thick with extract yet fresh and shapely. Solid underlying backbone is buried in fruit. Very subtle and very long; tannins are substantial but fine. Offers great potential for aging.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The opaque ruby/purple colored 2000 Chacirc;teauneuf-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: 2007ndash;2025. Like its 2001 sibling, it is a classic blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvegrave;dre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance other permitted varietals.


External Review
05/18/2011

Dark ruby red. Full-bodied. Medium fruit. Moderately tannic. Black fruits, herbs, tobacco. Reasonably packed and solid, with some jammy character. Not as flattering, ripe or aromatically developed as one would expect. This might improve with some cellar age.


External Review
05/18/2011

Beaucastel has been on a terrific qualitative roll over the last four vintages, and the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape (which Francois Perrin feels is similar to the 1990 although I don't see that as of yet) is a 15,000-case blend of 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, and the balance split among the other permitted varietals of the appellation. This inky/ruby/purple-colored cuvee offers a classic Beaucastel bouquet of new saddle leather, cigar smoke, roasted herbs, black truffles, underbrush, and blackberry as well as cherry fruit. It is a superb, eartly expression of this Mourvedre-dominated cuvee. Full-bodied and powerful, it will undoubtedly close down over the next several years, not to re-emerge for 7-8 years. Anticipated maturity 2008-2025.


External Review
05/18/2011

Distinctive, very monolithic, clean, pure and crisp, with fresh fruit zipping along the palate. Turning a bit tough and tannic, it holds back now, delivering little seduction, hiding well its leather, game, truffle and black fruit character, yet it's undeniably balanced. Made to age. Best from 2010 through 2030.


External Review
05/18/2011

The 2004 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is far superior to the 2003, a wine of considerable richness, tremendous intensity, and impressive definition and length. Usually a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 40% Grenache, and the rest Syrah, Counoise, and other varietals, the 2004 shows a dense purple color to the rim and a big, sweet nose of licorice, blackberries, pepper, Asian tea, spice, and a balsamic note. The wine has fabulous richness, great freshness, full body, and sweet, velvety-textured tannins. This wine should be approachable young, but hit its peak in about 7-8 years, and last for two decades or more.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

92 points and one the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009:Offers both style and structure, with lively aromas of black raspberry, cracked pepper and mocha, with plush and layered flavors of wild


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2007 Orin Swift the Prisoner Zinfandel BlendThe 2007 Prisoner blend is 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah and a dash of Charbono and Grenache. The wine has jammy aromas and lush flavors of wild berries with hints of spice and tobacco. There is nice structure, very smooth for a youngster with a lasting finish.The blend changes a little bit each year but generally keeps to the same flavor profile that has made the wine a raging success among its enthusiastic fans - this vintage is 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.Not the "typical" contemporary Napa red, but more like a "field blend" that might have been made decades ago. Fruit sourced from some of the best of the best Napa Valley vineyards: Tofanelli, Morisoli, Page Nord, Marston, to name a few. 2005 vintage was #17 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2007 This is a California Wine.

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