The excitement was in the air recently with the new 2017 vintage release by The Prisoner Wine Company. Weeks before, the previous vintage had sold out and I had prepared my team for the barrage of daily questions as to why it wasn’t available or when new product would arrive.
The past couple of Prisoner releases I had noticed that the wines improved with age versus being good upon release. Those days are behind us now and I am happy to report that not only do we have stocked shelves but the 2017 is drinking beautifully now.
A lot has changed in the wine world since I wrote about The Prisoner a few years ago. See original post below. The one constant or I should say “constants” are; excellent quality and the popularity of the brand continues to draw excited customers.
On the nose detected syrah and zinfandel notes along with a light oak woodiness. On the palate, although fruit forward at the front palate, I was very surprised at its restraint compared to what I expected. I found the finish earthy and with a bit of alcohol detected. While decanted it started to open up nicely and quickly. As mentioned above; surprised that the wine was drinking so well now.
While thinking about writing this review I decided to take a peak in the wine cellar. Okay, one of my wine cellars. I was very excited to find 2007 (!) and 2013 vintages awaiting my trial!
I think I may enjoy this “being taken Prisoner” part of my job…. ¡SALUD!
Orin Swift 2008 The Prisoner Napa Valley Red Wine
After many years of hearing about this wine and its fabulousness I finally had the chance to partake thanks to having received the 2008 vintage, a 92 pointer per Wine Spectator, as a birthday gift this past year. I now know what all the hoopla is about and can see why The Prisoner has and continues to develop a following selling out year after year. To think I was able to cellar mine for 6 months before finally letting myself be imprisoned. Unbeknownst to me the 2008 has been sold out for a while now, along with the 2009. For the most part only the 2010 is now available, running approximately $28-38.00.
This Orin Swift Proprietary Blend contains mostly Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono and Grenache also, coming across as very well-integrated.
Opaque and ruby garnet in color I detected; leather, black pepper, cedar, raw green pepper and dark ripe fruits in the nose. Peppery on the tongue I detected flavors of; blackberry, vanilla, spice, cherry, the acidity of plum. Fig, raisin & prune as it opened and even more so in the long finish.
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