Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2008

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Interesting to say the least. Sure needs either a ton of air or much more bottle time. Deep dark glass staining purple. This one was over the top w... Read more

Spice, cedar, and jammy scents. Dry, powdery coffee flavor. Read more

I little young of course but again, Orin Swift has come through!!! Let sit open in fridge a bit before tasting - (my opinion on this type wine and... Read more

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Snooth User: outthere
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3.50 5
06/09/2010

Interesting to say the least. Sure needs either a ton of air or much more bottle time. Deep dark glass staining purple. This one was over the top with richness and a syrupy texture, huge blueberry and blackberry fruit, lip-smacking tannins and a little heat. Drinks like an '02 Pride Mountiain PS in terms of rishness. I'm going to save the next one for a while and see where it goes.


Snooth User: GoinGray
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4.50 5
11/15/2009

Spice, cedar, and jammy scents. Dry, powdery coffee flavor.


Snooth User: deconut
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4.00 5
11/24/2009

I little young of course but again, Orin Swift has come through!!! Let sit open in fridge a bit before tasting - (my opinion on this type wine and I feel a chill makes it better) - spice/black rasberry/pepper on the nose - Jammy fruits - smooth in the mouth with the famous Prisoner finish - gotta love The Prisoner - YUMMY!!!


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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4.00 5
10/08/2010

The nose swirls with chocolate, tobacco, cigar box, pepper, plum, and oak. Allow 30 minutes for taming, and this wine will stalk the palate with expressions of chocolate-covered cherry, cigar, and dark fruit, including black raspberry and plum, followed by a medley of red fruits, including cherry and ripe wild berries. Strong tannins leave a dry, velvety mouth feel that supports lengthy, tobacco-laced and chocolate finish, all punctuated with a zingy but soft acidity.


Snooth User: steve16046
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4.00 5
06/04/2012

Suprisingly received 2 of these for Christmas from multiple people...which is good, so I can drink one now! Pours a rich violet color with deep red hues on the edges. Lots of dark berries, cassis and peppery spices on the nose. Starts off with a solid amount of dark berry jam. In the middle, lots of currants, spices, blackberry with some biscotti (reminds me of the biscotti bakery when you walk in). Finishes off similar to the middle, but more intensified. This is a full bodied Southern Rhone wine that leaves a moderate lingering on the palate. I enjoyed this wine now, but will lay the other one down for another 5 or so years. A moderate value here.


Snooth User: 1 jayjay
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3.50 5
07/10/2011

full bodied peppery-raspberry flavours


Snooth User: andrewjkeller
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4.00 5
01/08/2010

Spicy black pepper and raspberry. Delicious


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External Reviews for Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
11/20/2009

92 points - Wine Spectator "Offers both style and structure, with lively aromas of black raspberry, cracked pepper and mocha, with plush and layered flavors of wild berry, fresh sage and licorice. Ripe tannins sneak in on the finish. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2014." (06/09) Yet another beautiful vintage of the prisoner from Orin Swift. This is not a wine to put in your cellar. Big, bright and all about immediate drinking. With vineyards sources such as Duarte, Toffanelli and David Fulton, there is no wonder why this wine is so beautiful and powerful. 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono and 1% Grenache.


External Review
08/22/2010

A cult classic, Orin Swift's The Prisoner is a wine that's snapped up every vintage by hoards of admirers. The 2008 is a another winner for this unique Napa Valley blend. 46% Zinfandel, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono and 1% Grenache aged in French and American oak. The Wine Spectator scored it 92 points saying "Focused, rich and ripe, showing aromas of black cherry and smoky pepper, with sleek but complex flavors of boysenberry, licorice and toasty oak that linger with balanced tannins. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2015."


External Review
02/14/2012

The colour is a deep red. The nose has a complex range of aromas, including red berry fruit, leather, truffles and musk. Flavours revolve around pepper, licorice and other spices.


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

89 - 91 Points - Wine AdvocateThe 2008 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet exhibits a dark, dense ruby color along with a big, sweet nose of roasted Provencal herbs, smoked meats, black currants, cherries, lic


External Review
09/21/2011

Bright ruby. Fresh red berries, olive and licorice on the nose. Fresh, sharply delineated raspberry and cherry flavors are framed by dusty tannins and given grip by a tangy mineral note. The finish is a touch gritty but surprisingly persistent, the o... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2008 Beaucastel, Chateau Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone 750ml


External Review
08/05/2010

Very ripe and lush for the vintage, with delicious Jonagold apple and Cavaillon melon notes caressed by salted butter and macadamia nut notes on the long, creamy finish. Marsanne, Viognier, Bourboulenc and Clairette. Drink now. 600 cases made. -JM Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2008 Chateau Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone Blanc 750ml


External Review
01/18/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 96 COLLECTIBLE of Wine Spectator 2008 Top 100Really dense and locked up now, this is packed with dark fig, currant and blackberry fruit shrouded by layers of tar, hot stone, bittersweet licorice and espresso. The long, dense finish has a great tug of iron buried within it. Best from 2011 through 2030.Wine Advocate ReviewRated 94+The 2005 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is a wine that probably needs 7-10 years of bottle age. Possibly the most backward and closed Beaucastel made since the 1995, the wine has very high tannins, seems totally closed aromatically, but in the mouth is a weighty wine exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color and tight aromatics consisting of new saddle leather, porcini, meat juices, licorice, tar, and black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, powerful, very tannic, and structured in a dramatically masculine, ageworthy style. This is one for the younger generation or those with considerable patience. I can't see it being close to drinkable before 2014 and lasting up to 30 or more years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The white wines of Château de Beaucastel are amongst the finest expressions of Roussanne grapes grown in a warm climate. The two cuvees have a lot in common but show different personalities: the standard bottling, made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc, whose vines are between 10 and 40 years old, and a small quantity of the “Vieilles Vignes” cuvee, produced entirely from Roussanne vines of at least 65 years of age. Both are examples of the intense aromatic possibilities shown by the Roussanne grape when certain principles are respected. First, yields must be kept extremely low; then great care must be taken in the vineyard to ensure healthy, strong vines, producing ripe grapes in perfect condition; finally, depending on the vintage, the grapes must be harvested at the right moment and vinified correctly. As with any great wine, the story of Château de Beaucastel Blanc begins in the vineyard: in this case a seven hectare site close to the Château itself. This wine offers a nose of acacia flowers and honey which precedes a palate which is very rich and smooth.

Tasting Notes:

Great color, deep, dark garnet with a clean and bright red band in the rim. The aromas take a minute to come up, and then they take off into a blend of ripe berry and cherry with just a hint of new oak. The front of the wine is soft and almost immediately begins evolving into the broad mid-palate. The mid has weight, length, and structure. The acids were great in 2008 and provide an essential rounding effect to the "big fruit" inherent in the wine. The finish is long and filled with ripe, soft tannins. The 2008 has much the same tannin structure of the 2004 which is a personal favorite.

The white wines of Château de Beaucastel are amongst the finest expressions of Roussanne grapes grown in a warm climate. The two cuvees have a lot in common but show different personalities: the standard bottling, made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Grenache Blanc, whose vines are between 10 and 40 years old, and a small quantity of the “Vieilles Vignes” cuvee, produced entirely from Roussanne vines of at least 65 years of age. Both are examples of the intense aromatic possibilities shown by the Roussanne grape when certain principles are respected. First, yields must be kept extremely low; then great care must be taken in the vineyard to ensure healthy, strong vines, producing ripe grapes in perfect condition; finally, depending on the vintage, the grapes must be harvested at the right moment and vinified correctly. As with any great wine, the story of Château de Beaucastel Blanc begins in the vineyard: in this case a seven hectare site close to the Château itself. This wine offers a nose of acacia flowers and honey which precedes a palate which is very rich and smooth.

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Dietary Information: Organic

Closure: Cork

Notes: New and seasoned French and American oak


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