The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

9.24611 ratings
8.9131 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Chicken, Turkey, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Duck, Exotic Spices, Beans & Peas, Baking Spices
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Wilfred Wong

Chief Storyteller, Wine.com

8.7

Powerful, rounded and extracted.

Powerful, rounded and extracted.

7 people found it helpfulJun 29th, 2013
Erin Bender

I really don't understand the hype. At all. It was an ok red blend. Super full body, almost overwhelming at times. At least the finish wasn't too sweet?

I really don't understand the hype. At all. It was an ok red blend. Super full body, almost overwhelming at times. At least the finish wasn't too sweet?

5 people found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2015
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

First of the two blind Zinfandel blends paired with our turkey burgers and black bean veggie burgers. Deep garnet red. A bit herbal on the nose with dark fruits that became stronger with air. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and light plus to medium bodied. Rich and plush attack, drinking its best between hour one and two. Notes of strawberry jam, boysenberries, blackcurrants, bramble berries, blue fruits, asian spices and a touch of cocoa. Finish lingers for quite a bit. Drink till 2019.

This Prisoner was the first vintage under their new ownership (no longer with Orin Swift). This vintage is made up of 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Malbec and 1% Grenache. Needed twenty minutes or so to open up but beautiful fruits after that.

First of the two blind Zinfandel blends paired with our turkey burgers and black bean veggie burgers. Deep garnet red. A bit herbal on the nose with dark fruits that became stronger with air. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and light plus to medium bodied. Rich and plush attack, drinking its best between hour one and two. Notes of strawberry jam, boysenberries, blackcurrants, bramble berries, blue fruits, asian spices and a touch of cocoa. Finish lingers for quite a bit. Drink till 2019.

This Prisoner was the first vintage under their new ownership (no longer with Orin Swift). This vintage is made up of 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Malbec and 1% Grenache. Needed twenty minutes or so to open up but beautiful fruits after that.

3 people found it helpfulJul 17th, 2017
Silva Guttormsen

Very big and fun!!

Very big and fun!!

3 people found it helpfulJun 4th, 2014
Henrik Poulsen

15.2% alc.

Big, bold dark fruits, silky-soft tannins, velvety mouthfeel and a sweet lingering finish.
Descriptors that would have had me eagerly running towards a wine twenty years ago now makes me walk away.
Impressive for its sheer size but....

15.2% alc.

Big, bold dark fruits, silky-soft tannins, velvety mouthfeel and a sweet lingering finish.
Descriptors that would have had me eagerly running towards a wine twenty years ago now makes me walk away.
Impressive for its sheer size but....

2 people found it helpfulJul 8th, 2017
Lara Dunphy Guest

Director Sales & Marketing Black Cordon Vineyards, Sixteen by Twenty Wines

8.0

I know The Prisoner is very popular, but I've tried it a few times now and it's just not my style. Too much oak and not enough complexity. Some bret in this one, too. I really want to like it, but the balance and complexity just isn't there for me.

I know The Prisoner is very popular, but I've tried it a few times now and it's just not my style. Too much oak and not enough complexity. Some bret in this one, too. I really want to like it, but the balance and complexity just isn't there for me.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 7th, 2015
Sipping Fine Wine

Inspired by “mixed blacks” first made by Italian immigrants originally settling in Napa, blend of Zinfandel, Cab Sauv, Petite Sirah, Syrah & Charbono. Deep Ruby aromas of berries and complex spice. Aged 30% on new oak, combo of French/American barrels. Palate shows big flavors of cherry, blueberry & raspberry, bold spice lively acidity, vanilla & cedar notes, good balance. Fine tannins, long finish. Nice, cellar this for a while. Note, ‘17, bigger & bolder than ‘16.

Inspired by “mixed blacks” first made by Italian immigrants originally settling in Napa, blend of Zinfandel, Cab Sauv, Petite Sirah, Syrah & Charbono. Deep Ruby aromas of berries and complex spice. Aged 30% on new oak, combo of French/American barrels. Palate shows big flavors of cherry, blueberry & raspberry, bold spice lively acidity, vanilla & cedar notes, good balance. Fine tannins, long finish. Nice, cellar this for a while. Note, ‘17, bigger & bolder than ‘16.

1 person found it helpfulSep 30th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Label based on Little Prisoner etching, by Francisco de Goya. Deep Ruby with red fruit aromas and hints of woody spice. Aged 30% on new oak, combo of French/American barrels, blend of Zin, Cab Sauv, Petite Sirah, Syrah & Charbono. Palate shows flavors of sweet cherry, blueberry & raspberry, zesty spice lively acidity, good balance. Fine tannins, long finish ending with cacao & oaky character.

Label based on Little Prisoner etching, by Francisco de Goya. Deep Ruby with red fruit aromas and hints of woody spice. Aged 30% on new oak, combo of French/American barrels, blend of Zin, Cab Sauv, Petite Sirah, Syrah & Charbono. Palate shows flavors of sweet cherry, blueberry & raspberry, zesty spice lively acidity, good balance. Fine tannins, long finish ending with cacao & oaky character.

1 person found it helpfulSep 30th, 2019
Carl Tominberg

Dark ruby color. Bold and rich tasting. Found it to be excellent. Glad I bought 2.

Dark ruby color. Bold and rich tasting. Found it to be excellent. Glad I bought 2.

1 person found it helpfulJan 25th, 2019
Ray Vanderhoff

Big, dark and rich! Dark fruit aromas and flavors. Black pepper and licorice notes. Hint of tobacco and cola. Lots of oak. and fully extracted. A little Bret but the tannins are relatively smooth for a young vintage.

Big, dark and rich! Dark fruit aromas and flavors. Black pepper and licorice notes. Hint of tobacco and cola. Lots of oak. and fully extracted. A little Bret but the tannins are relatively smooth for a young vintage.

1 person found it helpfulOct 18th, 2018