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Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2003

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Colour: pale yellow. Nose: acacia flowers, honey. Palate: very rich and smooth.

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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 Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,734
2.50 5
02/06/2013

Jammy black currant and blueberry fruit greet the nose showing off a bit of a pruny edge with very black peppery top notes and a slightly dusty character. In the mouth this has surprisingly intact acid, offering decent brightness and height in the mouth with lovely blackberry fruit but here is a fair amount of alcohol showing here, and while the fruit does show nice purity the wine is not particularly well balanced. 84pts


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Snooth User: Olivier
28906500
4.00 5
07/22/2007

Aromatic, some white flowers aromas. Fresh in mooth, you feel peach sirup, and it has a quite long finish. To pair with lobster.


External Reviews for Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

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

Good intensity. This inky red barrel sample shows tight flavors of toasty oak, ripe plum and blueberry and polished, almost elegant texture, with very well-integrated tannins. Modern style and structure give this wine a bright, sophisticated character.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Young and tight, with garrigue and roasted game aromas peeking out from a core of ripe black currant, plum and fig fruit. Lots of toast, tobacco and iron as well. The finish is well-endowed with tannins, but they are ripe and pure. Best from 2008 through 2025.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A nice mix of red fruit, herb and sweetly earthy flavors give appealing complexity, while soft tannins make it accessible now. The long finish promises improvement with age.


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

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Beaucastelandrsquo;s 2001 is assertive and intense, its black fruit flavors acquiring leathery, peppery overtones. Its brooding power is complemented by a silky texture, and it finishes with ripe, suave tannins.


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Colour: pale yellow. Nose: acacia flowers, honey. Palate: very rich and smooth.

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