The Prisoner Wine Company

Thorn Napa Valley Merlot

9.0281 ratings
8.923 pro ratings
California, USA
Merlot
Top Notes For
Boris Mathiszik

The ‘14 vintage just as excellent. Powerful Merlot. Smooth and balanced, but packing a punch.

The ‘14 vintage just as excellent. Powerful Merlot. Smooth and balanced, but packing a punch.

Sep 8th, 2018
"Odedi"

It's Thursday and it is time for #MerlotThursday! This time, a wonderful one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, peppermint, light coffee, mocha, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, strawberry pie, licorice, cloves, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins, tangy raspberries and light medicine.

This is another wonderful wine from the Prisoner wine Company. This Napa Valley Merlot is well-balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Bold, rich and juicy, with mellow tannins and a tangy long finish.


This 5-year old is peaking now and will drink nicely in the next 5 years.
Needs an hour to open up properly. I used the Vspin for 5 minutes.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

91 points Wine Spectator.

A blend of 77% Merlot and the rest is Syrah and Malbec. Great vintage and a delicious wine.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

It's Thursday and it is time for #MerlotThursday! This time, a wonderful one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, peppermint, light coffee, mocha, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, strawberry pie, licorice, cloves, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins, tangy raspberries and light medicine.

This is another wonderful wine from the Prisoner wine Company. This Napa Valley Merlot is well-balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Bold, rich and juicy, with mellow tannins and a tangy long finish.


This 5-year old is peaking now and will drink nicely in the next 5 years.
Needs an hour to open up properly. I used the Vspin for 5 minutes.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

91 points Wine Spectator.

A blend of 77% Merlot and the rest is Syrah and Malbec. Great vintage and a delicious wine.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

Jul 12th, 2018
Kristin the Wine Girl

Woodsy rose, clove and dark berry nose. A brooder. A bbq pairer. Dark dense bitey young berry fruit on the palate. Disguises itself as a malbec. Short finish. Extinguishes cleanly. Pairs very well with peppery salami and cran chevre.

Woodsy rose, clove and dark berry nose. A brooder. A bbq pairer. Dark dense bitey young berry fruit on the palate. Disguises itself as a malbec. Short finish. Extinguishes cleanly. Pairs very well with peppery salami and cran chevre.

Dec 17th, 2017
Michael Humphrey

This is a new from The Prisoner Wine Co. called Thorn. It's mostly Merlot. Like 95%, rich and smokey, layers of intense chocolate and coffee with some leather and wood.

This is a new from The Prisoner Wine Co. called Thorn. It's mostly Merlot. Like 95%, rich and smokey, layers of intense chocolate and coffee with some leather and wood.

4 people found it helpfulJan 27th, 2015
Shadd Scott

Oaky, extracted Napa Merlot. 15.2%abv. Needs charred, bloody steak. Big boy.

Oaky, extracted Napa Merlot. 15.2%abv. Needs charred, bloody steak. Big boy.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 12th, 2015
Corey Zamora, CSW

Pretty decent merlot, not very varietally true, but when are his wines?

Pretty decent merlot, not very varietally true, but when are his wines?

2 people found it helpfulJan 29th, 2015
Jason McLaren

Delicious. Great fruit. Smooth and I swear I get coconut, but I am at the beach. I guess the 12 was not great but the 13 is amazing

Delicious. Great fruit. Smooth and I swear I get coconut, but I am at the beach. I guess the 12 was not great but the 13 is amazing

1 person found it helpfulMay 16th, 2017
Colleen Crosby

Colleen had this 6 years ago

Colleen had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulApr 12th, 2017
Jeff Shapiro

Plum cherry and cinnamon come to you via The Prisoner Wine Company.- Merlot is making a comeback.

Plum cherry and cinnamon come to you via The Prisoner Wine Company.- Merlot is making a comeback.

1 person found it helpfulNov 21st, 2015
Chris Zitzman

Good juice! Stem to stern it's impressive. After a good decant; Rich, lush nose of currant and spice unfolds onto the palate. Juicy and notable to me for its balance and harmonious symmetry between flavors and feel. Gorgeous finish.

Good juice! Stem to stern it's impressive. After a good decant; Rich, lush nose of currant and spice unfolds onto the palate. Juicy and notable to me for its balance and harmonious symmetry between flavors and feel. Gorgeous finish.

Oct 2nd, 2016