Friday Wine Tasting… The Prisoner

November 4, 2011

Wine of the Week

2009 Orin Swift Red Blend, “The Prisoner”


We had received this bottle as a gift from my brother and sister in law and had been saving it for a special occasion.  I was so anxious to try it since I had heard such great things about it.  As we were packing for vacation I thought it would be the perfect time to enjoy a few bottles of wine that we had been saving, this being one of them.  It definitely did not disappoint!  It has a blend of some of my favorite varietals and is a real treat.  This will be on our Thanksgiving wine list this year, not my typical under $20 find, but if you are looking for something to bring for the holidays this year, this is a great gift!

Grape blend: 51% Zinfandel, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah, 3% Charbono, 1% Grenache, & 1% Malbec

Winemaker Notes: The 2009 marks the first vintage bottled by The Prisoner’s new owner, Huneeus Vintners. It has a deep ruby hue that is nearly opaque. The aromas elevate from the glass starting with black currant, dark blackberry, cherry, and cassis rounded out by subtle hints of seasoned French and American oak. The entry of the wine is massive and leads into a lush middle framed by bright acid and supple tannins. The finish is long, lingering and filled with soft velvety tannins lasting for nearly thirty seconds.