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Prisoner Orin Swift Us-California 2007
#35 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2010... "No Hommage a Jacques Perrin was made in 2008, but the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is an utterly perfect wine. Composed of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, and the rest Counoise and Grenache, this prodigious effort boasts an inky/blue/purple color to the rim in addition to an exceptional bouquet of camphor, roasted meats, blueberries, black cherries, black currants, truffles, beef blood, pepper, and incense. The sumptuous aromatics are followed by a wine of compelling intensity, full-bodied power, perfect balance, laser-like focus, and a finish that lasts more than a minute. The 2007's texture reminds me of the 1998 Jacques Perrin, and the freshness of the fruit and explosive aromatics are to die for. There are only 500 cases of this legend in the making, but for those lucky enough to find any, it will last for 40-60 years. ...100" WA 10/09
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This one is a bit more reserved than the bold bruiser that was 2006. However, I think I preferred the 2006 just a bit more. This one's more calm and a tad more refined. Still a magnificent blend form Orin Swift. BV tasting 11/14/09 Lee's Discount Liquor
Wonderful dessert wine with chocolate. Nice and hefty with lots of plum. Not as good as 04, 05 or 06. Try to get those first.
Amazing cult wine -
1. 2007 Orin Swift The Prisoner – Napa Valley (15.2%) – Color: perfect (interpret as you will), Nose: ooo, a bit hot, time to decant….(“Smells like a winner! –Alastor), Taste: Ahh, just dances on the tongue…like Pop Rocks, very strong chocolate notes, cloves, cinnamon, subtle, plums, solid lasting finish that reminds me of home. Lamarr: A, strong A (a very good wine, yet could by a wine of similar stature for much less, low 20s. Interested in the ‘04 through ’06 vintages, as I’m told those blow this out of the water) Hector: A, 94 (It was good, not what I expected, so perhaps I’m a bit disappointed, yet is quite delicious)
Took a while to mellow out in the glass. Once it shed its bottle it revealed a deep, intense, chocolate flavor.
Garnet-red in colour tinged with brick. The nose is complex with many layers including cherry, casis, earth, violets, smoke and coffee. Very well balanced. The palate is luscious with complex fruit echoing the nose. The finish lingers and flavours intensify.
Owen Sullivan The Prisoner 2007 is a Zinfandel based wine that is big and generous. Cab and Syrah give body and finesse to round out the Zin flavors. An effective blend, one that could improve with 3 years of further aging (October 2009).
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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.
At first glance, this is not particularly impressive; it’s slightly herbal and rustic, with a raisiny edge to the fruit. But this really improves with air, fleshing out on the midpalate and losing the raisiny notes in favor of plum and savory notes. Give it four or five years in cellar and drink it over the next 15 or so.
Beaucastel’s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruit’s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2–4 years, and last for 25 or more.
Beaucastelandrsquo;s 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape has turned out even better out of bottle than I predicted. An inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a glorious nose of blue and black fruits, truffles, pen ink, licorice, and meat juices as well as glorious levels of acidity and sweet tannin, buttressing the fruitandrsquo;s fabulous freshness and vibrancy. This full-bodied effort still displays considerable tannin, no doubt because of the relatively high Mourvedre content. It should resolve its tannins in 2andndash;4 years, and last for 25 or more.
This extremely dense red delivers layers of melted fig, mulled boysenberry and black currant fruit, all laced with notes of charred mesquite, hoisin sauce and Kenya AA coffee. The long, silky mouthfeel belies the latent power in reserve andmdash; and thereandrsquo;s a lot of it, with waves of grip driving the finish. Best from 2010 through 2030.
At first glance, this is not particularly impressive; itandrsquo;s slightly herbal and rustic, with a raisiny edge to the fruit. But this really improves with air, fleshing out on the midpalate and losing the raisiny notes in favor of plum and savory notes. Give it four or five years in cellar and drink it over the next 15 or so.
Heady with scents of licorice, plums, earth and spice, this wine makes good on all those promises on the palate, and does so gently but firmly, the flavors feeling light but leaving an indelible impression on the tongue. In every way the wine feels natural, effortless, as if itandrsquo;s a simple representation of an exceptional piece of land in an excellent vintage.
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