Prisoner Orin Swift Napa 2009

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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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Editorial Reviews for Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/12/2013

Sweet and dusty on the nose, this shows aromas of tight red fruits flecked with mineral and allspice notes. On entry the texture is quite silky with black cherry fruit that is threaded with a contrasting medicinal edge. There is lovely purity and aromatic fruit, violet and sweet spice notes that are wrapped up in a restrained, slightly chewy package. The finish is long and pure, exhibiting excellent tension and focus in the mouth and right through the end. A bit reticent today but really very fine. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 04/07/2009

As usual Coudoulet punches well above it's price class! This is so well framed with the assertive structure of 2005 wrapped in a deep flannelly blanket of spicy plum fruits. There are nice mineral, floral and earthen notes here but this is really about wonderfully pure, deep fruit. I love Coudoulet with some age on, I just, regrettably, finished my stash of 1998s which were absolutely singing. In a world where $50 Cheateauneuf have become the norm this remain a serious bargain. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/06/2013

Nose is very aromatic, leather, meat, black fruit, slightly candied with lovely smoke and herb nuances but in time this turns into an awesome poop-s-thon. Turn back the clock to beaucastel of days gone by all backed up with super clean fresh black fruit Big and slightly thick in the mouth, there is an early minty edge here followed by a palate full of tight but rich, muscular, meaty dark fruit filled with carob, earth and almost fudgy candied flavors. Finishing dry and dark with deep earthy notes hints of heat, pepperiness and some old woodiness this is still a bit tannic and firm in the mouth but at the same time it shows great precision and balance. A fabulous beaucastel. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
2.50 5
Vintage: 2003 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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 02/06/2013

Another nose that remains somewhat tight with medicinal cherry, leather, and garrigue aromas framed with a little spice, and a little floral nuance. With a lovely combination of liquory, plump, rich fruit, and a bit a bit of bitterness this fills the mouth that drops off quickly on the backend this is a bit short, but the black berry fruit and plum fruit is just so pretty you can help but seeing this as a fun wine. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.50 5
Vintage: 1999 02/06/2013

Tight and focused on the nose with beautiful, spicy, leathery, clean aromas that are still youthful with hints of chalk, spice, and dark fruit On entry this is almost voluptuous with really vibrant acids with decisive cut and round, ample tannins that segue into spicy dark cherry fruit that shows a slightly dried edge. Ultimately this is a little touch but it does exhibit lovely focused, dark fruit and good length, with very chocolatey tannins offering a subtle density here. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,048
4.00 5
Vintage: 1998 02/11/2009

Great intensity on the nose with a flush of floral notes followed by plums. dry cow patty, brilliant notes of bloody meat. Soft and richly mouthfilling in the mouth with a layered richness and unusual intensity of flavor centered around dried strawberry, with a subtle shading of dark chocolate and earthy spice. The only fault is the relative simplicity on the palate but this is a true crowd pleaser.


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Snooth User: runningbear
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2013 12/19/2014

Surprisingly great wine for a blend. Have recommended to many


Snooth User: jtryka
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 12/17/2013

The nose is a pleasant blend of red fruit, strawberries, plum, green grass and tar. The taste is very jammy up front, with rich fruit, plum, blackberry and strawberry that transitioned to some dusty limestone and smoke midpalate. The finish was smooth and very dry, with a smoky accent that lingered for a good while. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/12/2012-prisoner.html


Snooth User: Mrs Chicago
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 02/13/2014

I had an older vintage ... I believe a bit over priced for the lack of depth, but overall a nice balanced wine


Snooth User: Tantle7
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2012 01/11/2014

Five glasses


Snooth User: pboss
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/02/2014

A nice wine from Orin Swift. This is a blend of Zinfandel and a handful of other grapes. Had very nice undertones of earth and stone with some big fruit and a touch of residual sugar. Definitely a bold wine, and though we drank it without food, I suspect this would hold up well almost any type of beef. Again, not great but definitely not bad.


Snooth User: Carlo182
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/15/2013

Ripe, wild, lush berries that linger & mix with oak & black tea accents. Bright acidity. Since this is a mix, there is more acidity than a normal zin, so don't be shy to pair with heavier meals. If anything one might err on going with light pairings, and get put off by acid.


Snooth User: shanwich55
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2011 04/23/2010

You are amazing Mr. Prisoner. You are that boyfriend or girlfriend all single people seek to meet. You are deep, complex, and spicy hot. After one date with you, most wine, especially in your price range, just pale in comparison. Blackberry, spice and without fault you are guaranteed to be love at first sight for anyone lucky enough to spend around $30 odd dollars to take you home.


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External Reviews for Prisoner Orin Swift Napa

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 12/11/2014

The Wine: Aromas of briar fruits and dried cherry are accented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak. On the palate, tiers of blueberry, ripe mulberry and boysenberry give way to an edge of espresso, cracked pepper and a seasoning of fall spice. These dense aromas and flavors culminate in a lingering finish framed by refined tannins. - Winery The Blend: 44% Zinfandel 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 18% Petite Sirah 16% Syrah 2% Charbono The Vineyards: Rodgers, Somerston, Mabel Tiedemann, Solari, Korte, Page Nord, York Creek, Tofanelli, Luchtel, Rancho Chimiles, Black Sears, Hudson Aging: 30% New Oak, Combination of French and American Oak Barrels


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2013 11/08/2014

Napa Valley, CaliforniaThe new 2013 vintage has arrived and it's very limited, as always. Parker 92!The Prisoner is a must-try red wine gem for anyone who loves Zinfandel! The label was recently sold by gifted winemaker Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars to its new owner, The Prisoner Wine Company. Considering that Wine Spectator has selected The Prisoner to join the ranks of the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year not just in one recent year (#47 in 2009 for the 2007 vintage) but 3 times in the past 6 years, it is nearly inconceivable that Dave Phinney began his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! Now he has passed the baton to winemaker Jen Beloz, former winemaker at Ravenswood, to carry on the legacy of The Prisoner. Robert Parker just rated the 2013 vintage 92 points, so don't delay!The Prisoner is 44% Zinfandel blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, plus Syrah, Grenache and Charbono. The wine has a deep ruby red hue that is framed in rich crimson. Aromas of black cherry and plum, surrounded by roasted coffee beans and vanillin oak accents. The entry is powerful and lush with ?avors of bing cherry, blueberry and cocoa. Soft and velvety tannins round out the ?nish making this wine approachable and inviting. It was aged in both new and seasoned French and American oak. The wine is soft and round with weight, length and structure and good acidity to soften its big fruit. On the finish it is long and lingering with soft, velvety tannins.Enjoy The Prisoner with roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 07/10/2014

The wine has a deep ruby red hue that is framed in rich crimson. Aromas of black cherry and plum, surrounded by roasted co ee beans and vanillin oak accents. The entry is powerful and lush with flavors of bing cherry, blueberry and cocoa. Soft and velvety tannins round out the finish making this wine approachable and inviting. - Jen Beloz, WinemakerThe blend:46% Zinfandel22% Cabernet Sauvignon18% Petite Sirah12% Syrah2% CharbonoAging: 30% New Oak, Combination of French and American Oak Barrels ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 05/12/2014

Ripe, jammy and sweet, this is loaded with toasty oak. Subtle this is not, loaded with flavor, offering notes of black cherry, chocolate, licorice and cinnamon spice. Should appeal to fans of the style. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 05/12/2014

There are 20,000 cases of the 2012 The Prisoner, which is an interesting blend of 46% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon,18% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, and a small amount of Charbono. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, meaty, Rhone-like bouquet with hints of bay leaf, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants and sweet jammy cherries. Medium to full-bodied and explosively fruity, this is a lovely, hedonistic, seriously endowed red to drink over the next 3–4 years.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 09/13/2014

More rich and layered with thrilling aromas and flavors of blueberry blackberry licorice crushed stone lavender and underbrush the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin will most likely be the wine of the vintage. Compared to the 1989 by Marc Perrin it is full-bodied and massively constructed with a deep layered mid-palate stunning purity and massive structure that


External Review
Source: Wine Gems @ Perriello's
Vintage: 2012 11/07/2013

Napa Valley, CaliforniaThe new 2012 vintage has arrived, but it's very limited!Orin Swift The Prisoner is a must-try red wine gem from a gifted and fast-rising winemaker, Dave Phinney. Considering that Wine Spectator has selected The Prisoner to join the ranks of the magazine's Top 100 Wines of the Year not just in one recent year (#47 in 2009 for the 2007 vintage) but 3 times in the past 6 years, it is nearly inconceivable that Dave Phinney began his winemaking career with 2 tons of purchased Zinfandel grapes just a year out of college in 1998! He recently purchased 48 acres of land in the hills above Oakville and hopes one day to build a winery there. We can all look forward to enjoying the evolution of Orin Swift Cellars! The 2011 vintage received a 92-point rating from Wine Spectator and we expect a similar score for this one. Robert Parker just rated it 90 points, so don't delay!Orin Swift The Prisoner is 46% Zinfandel blended with 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and 2% Charbono. The wine is dark red, almost garnet hue with bright red on the rim. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. It was aged in both new and seasoned French and American oak. The wine is soft and round with weight, length and structure and good acidity to soften its big fruit. On the finish it is long and lingering with soft, velvety tannins.Enjoy Orin Swift The Prisoner with roast pork, grilled chicken, BBQ ribs, grilled vegetables and cheeses.


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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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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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