The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Napa Valley Zinfandel Blend

9.0172 ratings
8.612 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
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
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
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.

1 person found it helpfulJul 24th, 2017
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.0

More going on here than I expected but still extremely extracted. Not a good value but a good wine.

More going on here than I expected but still extremely extracted. Not a good value but a good wine.

1 person found it helpfulDec 21st, 2014
Bob Bryden

Founder The Lake Sommelier, LLC, Author Wine Talk

8.9

Solid wine with great aromas and decent finish.

Solid wine with great aromas and decent finish.

Feb 8th, 2016
Rafael Landestoy

Enjoyed it. Good party wine.

Enjoyed it. Good party wine.

Jul 30th, 2015
Max Gottesfeld

The 2013 vintage. Big fruit big flavor moderate oak. Better than before.

The 2013 vintage. Big fruit big flavor moderate oak. Better than before.

Feb 9th, 2015
Mark Salinas

Owner World and Wine Getaways

9.9

For a young wine, this is a great wine. Deep purple on color. Medium bodied on the palette with a nice long lingering finish. A must.

For a young wine, this is a great wine. Deep purple on color. Medium bodied on the palette with a nice long lingering finish. A must.

Feb 8th, 2015
Gregory Fulchiero

Tight initially - lots of alcohol - then opened up with red fruits with air ... Better in 3-5y

Tight initially - lots of alcohol - then opened up with red fruits with air ... Better in 3-5y

Jan 1st, 2015
R Sartarelli

Too soon, too sweet.

Too soon, too sweet.

Jun 4th, 2017