I have a thing for funky wine labels, and I enjoy various winemakers attempts to break out of the boring "year" "winery" "varietal" naming scheme and liven things up a bit with more unique names for their wines. That's why I was interested when I received The Prisoner in my monthly wine club shipment. It's got a lovely oil painting on the front that's evocative of some of Goya's work. The wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbono, and Petite Sirah
The wine pours a deep purple-red with a wonderfully fragrant nose of raisins and dried currants. It has lovely flavors of blackberry, juicy black currants, and a touch of blueberry. You can definitely taste the zin and the petite syrah in this wine as deep, dark fruit flavors, and there's a musky spiciness that's brought in by the Charbono. Overall, the flavor of the wine, as well as its finish, was skewed a little towards the sweet side, but not in a way that was ultimately satisfying.
Lamb brochettes with red peppers, or barbecued spare-ribs, either followed by chocolate cake.
Overall Score: 7.5
How Much?: $25
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
The Changing Love of Pinot Noir? Vinography Images: Patchwork California Wine Country Macabre The Latitudes and Longitudes of Pinot Noir Vinography Unboxed: Week of March 15th, 2015 Vinography Images: The Rockpile Do You Need to Worry About Arsenic in Your Wine? At What Price, To Kalon? Rhone Rangers Tasting: March 28, Richmond, CA Vinography Images: Happy Tree
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune