The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

9.24388 ratings
8.9119 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono
Top Notes For
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

7.8

I don't know. I used to love this wine but my taste has changed so much. I used to favor heavily extracted, massively over ripe full bodied wines, and I just prefer terroir now. I don't believe this wine gets below the soil at all. It's all long hang time, overripe grapes and syrupy fruit. There is some balancing tannin, but candied cranberry, maraschino cherry, and plum take the cake here. Pronounced chocolate as well. It's fine, but, I just don't get down with this anymore.

I don't know. I used to love this wine but my taste has changed so much. I used to favor heavily extracted, massively over ripe full bodied wines, and I just prefer terroir now. I don't believe this wine gets below the soil at all. It's all long hang time, overripe grapes and syrupy fruit. There is some balancing tannin, but candied cranberry, maraschino cherry, and plum take the cake here. Pronounced chocolate as well. It's fine, but, I just don't get down with this anymore.

Jul 24th, 2017
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.

Jul 17th, 2017
Wilfred Wong

Chief Storyteller, Wine.com

8.7

Powerful, rounded and extracted.

Powerful, rounded and extracted.

6 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?

3 people found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2015
Silva Guttormsen

Very big and fun!!

Very big and fun!!

3 people found it helpfulJun 4th, 2014
Kerry King

Vintage 2012

Vintage 2012

1 person found it helpfulJul 5th, 2015
Eric Amsler

Again, this producer is for me....great wine and love their artistic labels on all bottles

Again, this producer is for me....great wine and love their artistic labels on all bottles

1 person found it helpfulMar 27th, 2015
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.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 7th, 2015
Marshall Parrish

Completely surprised by this bottle. Exceptionally better than expected for its $40 price point. Comes highly recommended as a weekend wine.

Completely surprised by this bottle. Exceptionally better than expected for its $40 price point. Comes highly recommended as a weekend wine.

1 person found it helpfulDec 31st, 2014
Andrew Goldstein

Vanilla, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, spice, cherry.

Vanilla, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, spice, cherry.

1 person found it helpfulAug 17th, 2014