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94+pt 2015 Prisoner Wine Company The Prisoner 1.5L

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Blink and it’s gone. That may be the best way to describe the level of captivation The Prisoner has had on the wine world since its initial vintage dropped in 2003. The reason why oenophiles seem shackled to The Prisoner Wine Company’s take on the “mixed black” wine style is because it’s bold and complex, yet gracefully harmonious. This latest iteration lives up to the cult wine’s massive expectations in a huge way, and not just because it comes in a whopping 1.5L vessel. Winemaker Jen Beloz pulls an enticing mix of top-notch grapes from practically every corner of Napa Valley to produce a bombshell of a blend that would be a crime not to consume. Lively aromas of bing cherry, dark chocolate, and clove shift to persistent notes of ripe raspberry, pomegranate, and vanilla that stick around for a smooth, luscious conclusion. This will be gone in a flash!

About the wine

The creation of The Prisoner is far from an open and shut case. Some 80 vineyards throughout Napa Valley contributed succulent Zin, Cab Sauv, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono grapes to form the soul of this bad boy. In the hands of a lesser winemaker, chaos may ensue. However, winemaker Jen Beloz serves as the ultimate warden. Armed with a level of patience that would impress Andy Dufrense, Jen allows these different viticultural voices to coalesce into one harmonious tone on their own accord. Her careful guidance results in a robust yet elegant study of persistent flavor and sinful smoothness. The journey begins with vivacious notes of bing cherry, dark chocolate, clove, and roasted fig on the nose. A seamless transition highlights tenacious intermingling flavor bursts of ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and vanilla. The luscious mélange of flavors carries things to a smooth finish. Checking in at 1.5 L, this special bottle gives oenophiles lucky to wrap both hands around its ample frame a double dose of the indulgent pleasure that’s given the label such a rabid cult following.       

Winemaker: Jen Beloz
Appellation: Napa Valley
Accolades:
- 94+ ptsChris Stanley, Certified Somm
- 4.3 / 5.0, Vivino Users, 2053 Reviews
- 4.4 / 5.0, Vivino Users, 7687 Reviews
- 4.3 / 5.0, Vivino User, All Winery, 43,563 Reviews  
Grapes: Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono
Vineyards: More than 80 vineyards throughout Napa Valley, including Solari Family and Korte Ranch
Cooperage: 30% New Oak, Combination of French and American Oak Barrel

About the winery and vineyard

It could be argued that The Prisoner Wine Company has been synonymous with interesting, creative blends before it officially existed. Its most famous wine, The Prisoner, initially gained rock star status as part of Orin Swift’s popular portfolio. While the iconic label “left the band,” it didn’t merely embark on a solo career. The eponymous Rutherford-based winery has surrounded its famous selection with a bevy of exceptional, fascinating blends that command attention in their own right. Led by the one-two punch of winemaker Chrissy Wittmann and consulting winemaker Jen Beloz, each complex, crafty label is made with a minimalistic approach, anchored by an environment that lets the grapes express themselves naturally. For a label like The Prisoner, it’s a process that requires the kind of artistic skill that only an expert winemaker like Beloz possesses. She’s sourced Zin, Cab Sauv, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Charbono grapes from over 80 different vineyards to create the latest iteration of the cult classic, including fruit from the big-league vines of Solari Family Vineyard in Calistoga, Korte Ranch in St. Helena, and Tiedemann Ranch in Yountville. Each of these disparate grapes have something important to say about Napa’s terroir; Jen’s passion-driven patience and gentle touch makes sure that no voice is obscured, thus ensuring the popular “mixed black” blend matches the hype that’s followed it even before the winery that makes it launched.

About the winemaker

Jen Beloz’s first winemaking gig was theoretically designed to convince her to go to medical school. Her physiology professor at University of San Francisco arranged for her to work at his friend’s Australian winery, thinking the work would be too much for her to handle. His cunning plan backfired, and the wine world is significantly better off for his blunder. The seeds of knowledge Jen wound up planting Down Under fully blossomed in California through stints at Cline Cellars and Ravenswood, where she honed her craft under the astute tutelage of California Zin master Joel Peterson. The massive viticultural acumen obtained as Peterson’s understudy makes her the perfect person to oversee the production of a wine so utterly iconic as The Prisoner. Even though Jen’s been working with The Prisoner Wine Company since 2011, she still sees the crafting of such a Napa Valley heavyweight as a challenge; one that she embraces with unbridled enthusiasm. 

94+ pts - Chris Stanley, Certified Somm

"The 2015 Prisoner continues to impress and builds on the core foundation that Dave Phinney set in motion years ago. Not much has changed in terms of wine quality and fruit sourcing, which is a good thing in this case. I could barely discern the 14' vs 15' vintage tasting them side by side..... the wine is on full-throttle showing as big, fat, plump, ripe and juicy. A true mixed of fruit (cherry, raspberry, plum, blueberry, blackberry, currant, and some raisin flavored ripeness on the finish. Structural sound with fined tannins, length, and elegance. Hits all the marks leaving the drinker no doubt the quality that's in the bottle."

 

 

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15.2%
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