2008 Orin Swift The Prisoner Proprietary Red Wine
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WS 92
  • WA 90

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WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2010
Focusedrich and ripe showing aromas of black cherry and smokey pepper with sleek but complex flavors of boysenberry licorice and toasty oak that linger toward balanced tannins. Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Petite... Focusedrich and ripe showing aromas of black cherry and smokey pepper with sleek but complex flavors of boysenberry licorice and toasty oak that linger toward balanced tannins. Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Petite Sirah Charbono and Grenache. Drink now through 2015-T.F.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2009
I love what he's done with his 2008 The Prisoner a blend of 46% Zinfandel 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Syrah Petite Sirah Charbono and Grenache. With over 15% alcohol this is a big sexy fruit bomb boasting... I love what he's done with his 2008 The Prisoner a blend of 46% Zinfandel 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Syrah Petite Sirah Charbono and Grenache. With over 15% alcohol this is a big sexy fruit bomb boasting abundant amounts of black blue and red fruits along with pepper spice box earth and herbs. It tastes like the unmanipulated essence of the fruit of a Mediterranean vineyard. Soft tannins medium to full body and a heady mouthfeel make this a seductive wine to enjoy over the next 2-3 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2008

Label

The Prisoner was created and inspired by the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley. Launched in 2003, The Prisoner soon became recognized as the most innovative and unique Napa Valley Red Wine blend. It led the resurgence of blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely “mix” of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono.

The Prisoner features enticing aromas of bing cherry, espresso, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry linger harmoniously for a smooth and luscious finish.

Winery

Orin Swift

The history of Orin Swift Cellars began during a “study” abroad trip to Florence in 1995, where founder David Swift Phinney was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked. After graduation, he landed a job as a temporary harvest worker at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1997, which led to his decision to build his own company. In 1998, Phinney founded Orin Swift Cellars, so designated to honor his father’s middle name and his mother’s maiden name.

With two tons of zinfandel and not much else, he spent the next decade making wine for others, as well as for himself, and grew the company into a multinational brand that now includes 300 acres of vineyards in the Southwest of France. This international ambition has led to projects in Spain, Italy, Corsica, Argentina and other locations around the globe.

Most well-known for his iconic The Prisoner, a Zinfandel-based red blend he has since sold to Huneeus Vintners, Orin Swift Cellars produces several other sought-after domestic wines, each with an innovative label or bottle design. These include the cabernet-based Mercury Head, the Bordeaux blend Papillon, and a Chardonnay-based white blend, Machete. His project in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Southwest France, Department 66, focuses on old-vine Grenache under the D-66 label.