The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

9.2170 ratings
8.713 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
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Big, ripe, dark & jammy. Liqueur/port style; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, prunes & black raspberries. Black licorice, baking spice; caramel & vanilla. Dark chocolate, some pepper, spice, dry purple florals and a long big fruit finish. Still big...it would better in another 3 years.

Big, ripe, dark & jammy. Liqueur/port style; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, prunes & black raspberries. Black licorice, baking spice; caramel & vanilla. Dark chocolate, some pepper, spice, dry purple florals and a long big fruit finish. Still big...it would better in another 3 years.

1 person found it helpfulNov 25th, 2016
Shay A
9.2

I've had the '12 and the '13 recently and while enjoyable, the wine is still too tannic and gripping. This '11, though a challenging vintage, has begun to express itself beautifully. This zin based wine is now displaying a ridiculous amount of fruit and the tannins take a back seat to the blueberry and spicy notes.

I've had the '12 and the '13 recently and while enjoyable, the wine is still too tannic and gripping. This '11, though a challenging vintage, has begun to express itself beautifully. This zin based wine is now displaying a ridiculous amount of fruit and the tannins take a back seat to the blueberry and spicy notes.

1 person found it helpfulJul 4th, 2016
Brian Szluk

Way to much alcohol for my taste.

Way to much alcohol for my taste.

Nov 25th, 2016
Chris Harvey

Big jammy textbook Orin Swift. Love this

Big jammy textbook Orin Swift. Love this

Nov 2nd, 2015
Matthew Marcino

Orin Swift! The prisoner is a very delicious wine

Orin Swift! The prisoner is a very delicious wine

Sep 21st, 2013
Paul Masson

2011 vintage. Fruit loops on the nose, cocoa puffs on the palate, with a finish of lucky charms. I'm going to assume this used to be better.

2011 vintage. Fruit loops on the nose, cocoa puffs on the palate, with a finish of lucky charms. I'm going to assume this used to be better.

Mar 30th, 2013
Matt Young

And again. 2011 vintage.

And again. 2011 vintage.

Mar 17th, 2013
Eric Crane

Oh baby I love drinking the Prisoner. Made so many good memories with the '10. The '11 is still growing on me.

Oh baby I love drinking the Prisoner. Made so many good memories with the '10. The '11 is still growing on me.

Jan 1st, 2013
Ralph DiBiasi

2011 vintage

2011 vintage

Dec 15th, 2012
Andrew Sowatzke

Long time to open up, but fruity and sweet once it does. Not sure if I prefer this over cheaper blends though.

Long time to open up, but fruity and sweet once it does. Not sure if I prefer this over cheaper blends though.

Dec 26th, 2017