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When Dave Phinney first launched The Prisoner Wine in 2000, the wine became an immediate marketplace star. A massive red wine, with an artsy label, this red wine was the subject of much controversy. Old time, classic wine drinkers eschewed its high alcohol and sweetness—though it was technically a "dry" wine. Younger New World wine drinkers couldn't get enough of it. From my perspective, I placed this wine in the off-dry to medium sweet style, and I consider it to be a dinner wine. The 2017 Prisoner Red delivers quite well. TASTING NOTES: This wine is powerful, mouthfilling, and lush. Its aromas and flavors of black, candied fruits and toasty barrels should make it beautiful pairing partner with grilled baby back pork ribs in a sweet-spice hoisin sauce.
The Prisoner was inspired by the “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in Napa Valley. The Prisoner is now the most recognized Napa Valley red blend, leading the resurgence of interesting blends by incorporating Zinfandel with the unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono.
The 2017 vintage features enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla linger harmoniously, for a smooth and luscious finish.
The label is based on the Little Prisoner etching, by one of Spain’s most famous painters, Francisco de Goya, who lived from 1746-1828. It depicts the atrocities of war between France and Spain during the artist’s time. ~ Winery notes
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We work with passionate, devoted growers to source varietals from the best vineyards and appellations located across California in order to create interesting wine blends that are thought provoking and approachable.
With over a decade of winemaking experience at Paso Robles' prestigious Wild Horse Winery, Winemaker Chrissy Wittmann leads The Prisoner winemaking team who along with our family of growers, work together to craft our selection of distinctly stylistic wines. These include: The Prisoner, Blindfold, Cuttings, Saldo, and Thorn.