The Prisoner Wine Co.

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.

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Derange' Red Blend 2016
“Rich and enticing aromas of blackberry, vanilla bean, baking spices, dark chocolate, and caramel. The palate is overly luscious and giving with notes of dark cherry and blueberry leading to an opulent, velvety finish.“-Winemaker’s Notes   “The Prisoner Wine Company’s eponymous first wine was
Item Number: 30985
Bottle:$79.95
Case: $479.70
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Prisoner Wine Co. 'Thorn' Merlot 2015
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 “Features a creamy texture, with ripe red and dark fruit flavors of roasted plum, rhubarb and dark cherry. Smoke and dark chocolate notes show on the finish.”-WS  “Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. The entry is smooth with flavors of cherry,
Item Number: 30726
Bottle:$32.95
Case: $395.40
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Prisoner Wine Co. 'Cuttings' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“Deliciously smooth with flavors of blueberry, dark cherry, and cocoa. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, black currant, vanilla bean, brown spice, and wild berries. Inspired by the age-old method of using cuttings from idyllic sites for the propagation of new vines, this Cabernet Sauvignon showcases
Item Number: 29929
Bottle:$39.95
Case: $239.70
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Prisoner Wine Co. 'Blindfold' White Blend 2016
“Blindfold is the white wine interpretation and companion to The Prisoner. Blindfold is a full-bodied, richly textured wine with The Prisoner’s signature mouthfeel. It’s a blend made primarily of rich Chardonnay, complimented by Rhône and other white varieties that give the wine lift and aromatics.
Item Number: 29556
Bottle:$25.95
Case: $311.40
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Prisoner Wine Co. 'The Snitch' Chardonnay 2016
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“When creating their wines, The Prisoner Wine Company always look for fresh approaches to traditional varietals. For The Snitch, they combined Chardonnay from exceptional vineyards in warm Oak Knoll and cool-climate Carneros with just a touch of Roussanne. The result is bright and rich with an
Item Number: 28650
Bottle:$24.95
Case: $149.70
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The Prisoner Red Blend 2016
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Wilfred Wong 91 “It may be time to rid ourselves of the ball and chain, the 2016 Prisoner is a pretty tasty wine, and it is perfect for New World wine lovers. The wine's elevated alcohol gives the wine textures that simply smooth out the wine. Though it may be a push of classic Old World lovers of
Item Number: 27650
Bottle:$39.95
Case: $479.40
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The Prisoner Red Blend 2016 1.5L
" 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. " ~ Winery notes
Item Number: 27580
Bottle:$82.95
Case: $497.70
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Prisoner Wine Co. 'Blindfold' White Blend 2015
“Created to provide the perfect white wine companion to The Prisoner, Blindfold is equally bold and intriguing. The wine is complex with inviting aromas of honeysuckle, grilled white peach and apricot. A luscious entry of toasted hazelnut and mandarin are balanced by bright acidity and minerality.

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Cuttings' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 "Full bodied and nicely complex, this ripe and concentrated wine exudes ripe fruit, light smoke and black pepper aromas and flavors while offering a satisfying sense of heft and structure. The black-cherry and black-plum flavors are rich and concentrated, verging on sweet and

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Derange' Red Blend 2015
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“Rich and enticing aromas of blackberry, vanilla bean, baking spices, dark chocolate, and caramel. The palate is overly luscious and giving with notesof dark cherry and blueberry leading to an opulent, velvety finish.“-Winemaker’s Notes  “The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Thorn' Merlot 2013
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92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "This wine blends Merlot from Stagecoach and Antinori vineyards on Atlas Peak with Malbec from the Trefethens in Oak Knoll and Merlot and Syrah from Hudson Vineyards in Carneros. Together the varieties provide a juicy hit of dark cherry and plum that's densely built and moderate

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Cuttings' Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Offers lots of dark chocolate notes to the ripe dark fruit and cherry tart flavors. Smoky hints show on the well-spiced finish, with some savory accents. Drink now through 2020."~KM  "The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards is rooted in

The Prisoner Red Blend 2015 1.5L
"The wine features enticing aromas of bing cherry, espresso, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry linger harmoniously for a smooth and luscious finish."-Winemaker's Notes  "The Prisoner Founder and Winemaker Dave Phinney’s deep respect for the vineyards

The Prisoner Red Blend 2015
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"The Prisoner was created and inspired by the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley. Launched in 2003, The Prisoner soon became the most recognized innovative and unique Napa Valley Red Wine blend, leading the resurgence of blends by

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Blindfold' White Blend 2014
"The wine opens up with alluring aromas of freshly peeled mandarin orange, peach nectar, and honeydew melon. Hints of white citrus blossom, marzipan and toasted hazelnut add a nice layer of complexity. On the palette, the wine has a rich creamy entry that is balanced by bright acidity and

The Prisoner Red Blend 2014 1.5L
Wilfred Wong 91 "Okay to all you folks who can't get enough of those muscular wines, you have to know this: The Prisoner red wine really dates back to the days when wines were enjoyed in tumblers instead of wine glasses. They were also full bodied and not so dry. These were some of the wines that I

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Cuttings' Red Blend 2013
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91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91+ "The 2013 Proprietary Red Blend Cuttings is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine, but blended with some Petite Sirah and Syrah as well as a touch of Zinfandel. This is outstanding wine, and there are 5,000 cases of it. The Cabernet comes from top sites such as the Inkgrade Vineyard

The Prisoner Red Blend 2014
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Plump and jammy, with a solid core of structure. Aromas of huckleberry and spicy mocha combine with supple flavors of raspberry and cherry plus cinnamon and pepper. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Charbono. Drink now through 2023."~TF   "Bold aromas of black

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Cuttings' Red Blend 2012
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Offers ripe, explosive red and dark berry fruit that's intense and tannic, yet with a measure of finesse, ending with firm, chewy tannins and good length. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2027."~JL

The Prisoner Wine Company 'Blindfold' White Blend 2013
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "A blend of 30% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne and the balance Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and a few other grapes, the 2013 Proprietary White Blindfold is close in quality to the brilliant 2012 I reviewed last year. Reminiscent of some of Sine Qua Non’s white wines from

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Thorn' Merlot 2012
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90  Anthony Dias Blue 
Anthony Dias Blue 90 "Dense plum and black raspberry take the lead here; deep, polished and long with balance and style. 78% Merlot with Syrah and Malbec"~ADB  "While working with our growers, we came across small vineyard lots of Merlot, which had managed to survive being replanted to Cabernet

The Prisoner Red Blend 2013
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92  Robert Parker 
Wine Spectator 91 "Bold and stylish, with dark cherry, toasty oak and black pepper aromas and briary, dense flavors of blackberry, espresso and grilled anise. The tannins tighten on the finish. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono. Drink now through 2021."—T.F  Robert

Prisoner Wine Co. 'Cuttings' Red Blend 2011
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2011 Cuttings, with a whopping 15.4% natural alcohol, is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Petite Sirah and Syrah as well as a tiny dollop of Zinfandel. Juicy, deep and fruity, it is not complex, but satisfying on a hedonistic level. Medium to full-bodied

The Prisoner Wine Company 'Blindfold' White Blend 2012
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "A distinctive combination of 35% Chardonnay, 20% Roussanne, 20% Viognier and small quantities of Riesling, Semillon, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc, the 2012 Blindfold is a sleeper of the vintage. Reminiscent of the Sine Qua Non whites from further south, it bursts with honeyed,

The Prisoner Red Blend 2012
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "There are 20,000 cases of the 2012 The Prisoner, which is an interesting blend of 46% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon,18% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, and a small amount of Charbono. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, meaty, Rhone-like bouquet with hints of