Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009

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This dark red almost purple wine smells of thick berry jam and no smell of the alcohol even though it was more than 15%! A fruity wine that is easy... Read more

The 2009 Prisoner is thinner and less powerful than the stellar 2008. Nevertheless, the 2009 remains an elegant and enjoyable wine that develops n... Read more

This 2009 Blend of Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache & Syrah from Rhone, France is excellent. Good Ruby-red color with a tight rim variation.... Read more

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Snooth User: shsim
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4.50 5
02/15/2012

This dark red almost purple wine smells of thick berry jam and no smell of the alcohol even though it was more than 15%! A fruity wine that is easy to drink with nicely balanced acidity and tannins. Taste of dark ripe firm cherries! Very enjoyable with food which tends to bring out the spice and complexity of the cab more.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
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3.50 5
05/08/2011

The 2009 Prisoner is thinner and less powerful than the stellar 2008. Nevertheless, the 2009 remains an elegant and enjoyable wine that develops nicely over one to two hours. It retains its refinement on the nose, featuring dark fruits, tobacco and chocolate, and its warm, juicy palate exudes flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum, with intermittent notes of tobacco, chocolate and wild berries. A spice and pepper finish, supported by subtle but firm tannins, helps redeem the loss of power for Prisoner 2008 fans.


Snooth User: Tom Wandeloski
1098305743
4.00 5
02/19/2013

This 2009 Blend of Counoise, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache & Syrah from Rhone, France is excellent. Good Ruby-red color with a tight rim variation. Fruit notes of plum and fig with a hint of cocoa and tobacco. It has a long finish on the palette with mid acidity. This wine has not peaked and will mature nicely over time (2019-2024). Best served chilled to 64 degrees, double decanted and served with a mid-rare grilled beef dish.


Snooth User: KrisChislett
623796374
3.00 5
07/17/2011

A lesson in subtlety this ain’t! An amalgamation of intense red and black fruit that is so in your face it’s unreal! It almost reminds me of the fruit-forward aggressiveness of some South Australian Shirazes. Intense cassis, plum, blackberry, dried cranberry, black cherry; yup, it covers just about every red and black fruit-base there is! But wait! There’s more! The oak is certainly there; with vanilla, pepper and chocolate-covered coffee beans! The finish is long and hot. My one major concern with the wine: the alcohol level is obnoxious! Maybe it’s just because I have a high sensitivity for alcohol in wine, but it seems so out of balance it’s insane. ”That’s a pretty bold statement considering the 2007 bottling of this wine received a 92 point rating from the Wine Speculator!” I know, right!?!?! I was expecting big things from this wine. If you really want to know, I actually even second-guessed myself on The Prisoner. The first bottle was actually given to me by a wine rep friend to taste and review. Because I wasn’t that impressed with it the first time around, I shelled out $30 of my own cash to buy it again and re-taste; something I’ve never done before. The wine is good. It’s not awesome, it’s good. I’m not going to lie, I wouldn’t purchase this wine again. However, saying that, my wife loved it! Is my palate better than hers? Probably not, she’s still a consumer, so what does it matter?


Snooth User: donealrice
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5.00 5
04/04/2012

The tasting notes at Snooth are spot on for this favorite so I really have nothing to add except ... yum!


Snooth User: thewinegal
357269228
4.50 5
11/21/2010

Rich color concentration - staining. Jammy blackberries & black cherries, tabacco, dark chocolate, subtle oak. Full bodied, med+ finish, well integrated tannins, med+ complexity. Delicious from the first pour to the last drop. Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Humboldt Goat Cheese or Toscano hard cheese with black pepper crust ... bring it!


Snooth User: Vicola54
547503114
5.00 5
06/01/2011

Unbelievable....depth, complexity, body. Balanced. I really, really loved this. Winemaker Notes: The 2009 marks the first vintage bottled by The Prisoner's new owner, Huneeus Vintners. It has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.


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External Reviews for Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

External Review
12/15/2011

and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985


External Review
07/06/2011

Save 10 Percent When you Purchase a case! Tasting Notes - Orin Swift s Proprietary Blend The Prisoner has become the stuff of legend for many of us in the industry. We can never get enough - it always sells out - and (most importantly) the juice in the bottle is fantastic year in and year out. Predominantly Zinfandel with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blended in, it's up there with the best California Zins that cost twice as much. This blends the lush berry flavors of Zinfandel, the power and concentration of Cabernet Sauvignon, the dark black fruit of Syrah, the intensity and structure of Petite Sirah, the flesh of Charbono, and a hint of Grenache - all combined for a decadent wine with great complexity. (Does not include original packaging)


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Itís rare that a Zin has this much structure and finesse. Offers appealing aromas of plum, pepper and tobacco, with focused, layered wild berry, pencil lead and sage flavors. A hint of rusticity to the tannins suggests that there's no hurry to drink. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Peitie Syrah, Charbono and Grenache. Best from 2009 thropugh 2012.


External Review
11/03/2011

Opaque purple. Enthralling aromas of blackberry liqueur, Moroccan spices, flowers and smoky minerality. Creamy, silky and generous, with superb definition to the dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Offers outstanding depth with no excess weight. ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2009 Beaucastel, Chateau Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin Grand Cuvee 1500ml


External Review
02/15/2011

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
12/15/2011

unctuously textured


External Review
06/25/2014

The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate s classic blend it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky open-knit seductiveness a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices garrigue kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied unctuously textured and silky smooth (the latter


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Winemaker's Notes:

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Tasting Notes:

This vintage has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.

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Dietary Information: Organic

Notes: The different grape varieties, which have been vinified separately, are blended together after malo-lactic fermentation and matured for six to eight months in large oak barrels. The wine is bottled after fining with egg whites.


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