The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

9.24440 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
Cory Fierro

Decided now would be a good time to try out out the 2013 Prisoner. While not as good as the 2011 the structure is different, showing a ton of black pepper and balsamic on the nose with a little bit of violet flowers, and a very lovely, elegant finish. Big bold red and black fruits give way to a lush, black peppery back end. The finish is shorter than expected but still nice. This is still a good wine, just not as good as previous vintages.

Decided now would be a good time to try out out the 2013 Prisoner. While not as good as the 2011 the structure is different, showing a ton of black pepper and balsamic on the nose with a little bit of violet flowers, and a very lovely, elegant finish. Big bold red and black fruits give way to a lush, black peppery back end. The finish is shorter than expected but still nice. This is still a good wine, just not as good as previous vintages.

15 people found it helpfulDec 15th, 2014
Sara Keith

Classic Orin Swift drinkability. Super lush with deep brooding fruit. The Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah really shine through. Medium bodied with nice velvety tannins. Might be may favorite OS so far next to Papillon and Veladora. Pairs well with the American Horror Story I'm watching.

Classic Orin Swift drinkability. Super lush with deep brooding fruit. The Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah really shine through. Medium bodied with nice velvety tannins. Might be may favorite OS so far next to Papillon and Veladora. Pairs well with the American Horror Story I'm watching.

8 people found it helpfulDec 31st, 2014
Christanna Honer

Bing cherry, pomegranate and fig nose. Some blueberry. Not much depth honestly. Reminds me of an awesome Bordeaux blend from Argentina that's half the price. Overrated & not interesting.

Bing cherry, pomegranate and fig nose. Some blueberry. Not much depth honestly. Reminds me of an awesome Bordeaux blend from Argentina that's half the price. Overrated & not interesting.

6 people found it helpfulDec 4th, 2014
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?

4 people found it helpfulNov 22nd, 2015
Silva Guttormsen

Very big and fun!!

Very big and fun!!

3 people found it helpfulJun 4th, 2014
Matt Young

Favorite wine ever. Very fruit forward and smooth, strong and complex. Deep, dark berry notes, slight charcoal and spice middle with smooth, cool, rich, complex finish.

Favorite wine ever. Very fruit forward and smooth, strong and complex. Deep, dark berry notes, slight charcoal and spice middle with smooth, cool, rich, complex finish.

3 people found it helpfulFeb 2nd, 2013
Hal Ozanne

Very good. Medium body with spices and pepper. I will buy again!

Very good. Medium body with spices and pepper. I will buy again!

1 person found it helpfulAug 3rd, 2015