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Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2008

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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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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
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Member Reviews for Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

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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
737701,347
4.50 5
11/15/2009

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


Snooth User: deconut
100466939
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
871561411
3.50 5
07/10/2011

full bodied peppery-raspberry flavours


Snooth User: andrewjkeller
335697163
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
11/19/2009

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
12/14/2009

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


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
06/25/2011

The 2008 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the few outstanding wines produced in this vintage. More evolved than Beaucastel's wines tend to be, it reveals a healthy dark plum/ruby color, notes of licorice, meat juices, smoked game, black curra... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2008 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


External Review
09/24/2012

Ripe and very sleek, with a dense core of cassis, blackberry and anise framed by violet and spice. The long finish drips with juicy fruit and subtle toast, with a flash of iron boding well for cellaring. Shows great freshness and balance for the vintage. Drink now through 2024.


External Review
07/29/2011

All thirteen varietals-red and white-go into this Chateauneuf du Pape blend. Muted red core with a soft red/purple rim. Showing ripe fruit yet retaining freshness and elegance, the nose boasts aromas of red cherry, blackberry, tar and cola. The palat... Alex Lallos. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2008 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml


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.


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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.

Dietary Information: Organic

Closure: Cork

Notes: New and seasoned French and American oak


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