The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

9.25188 ratings
8.9146 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Charbono
Top Notes For
Eric Urbani

Tried six 2002 reds, all with Cabernet in the blend. Ha everyone loved this. You can still buy it for $100 apparently!

Tried six 2002 reds, all with Cabernet in the blend. Ha everyone loved this. You can still buy it for $100 apparently!

Apr 24th, 2021
Boris Mathiszik

Good to taste the 18 vintage. Powerful blend as always, layers of fruit and dark chocolate. Smooth finish.

Good to taste the 18 vintage. Powerful blend as always, layers of fruit and dark chocolate. Smooth finish.

Feb 21st, 2020
Boris Mathiszik

Good blend just like previous vintages. Lower rating because I think the wine hasn’t integrated enough yet and needs at least two more years of rest.

Good blend just like previous vintages. Lower rating because I think the wine hasn’t integrated enough yet and needs at least two more years of rest.

Feb 3rd, 2019
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
Evan Kennedy/Caroline Kielar

Delicious wine for special occasions. Dark fruit with leathery end, lingering finish, strong but well integrated tannins. Very smooth, tastes like a crisp late-fall day. BlackBerry, boisenberry, raisin, and leather.

Delicious wine for special occasions. Dark fruit with leathery end, lingering finish, strong but well integrated tannins. Very smooth, tastes like a crisp late-fall day. BlackBerry, boisenberry, raisin, and leather.

3 people found it helpfulMar 10th, 2018
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