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Orin Swift Zinfandel Blend Napa Valley the Prisoner 2007
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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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.
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
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.
Amazing cult wine -
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)
Took a while to mellow out in the glass. Once it shed its bottle it revealed a deep, intense, chocolate flavor.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2–4 years, and last for 25 or more.
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.
Blended in roughly equal proportions of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and 80-year-old Cinsault grapes. This wine is rich and concentrated, with aromas of dark fruits, ink and spice. Firm tannins suggest a bit of time in the cellar, but there is enough fruit present to enjoy this now.