2011 Orin Swift "The Prisoner" Napa Valley Red Blend
Packed with fruit character, this deep, ripe version offers plenty of new oak, revealing a rich texture and zesty flavors of smoky licorice, blackberry cobbler and cracked pepper. Drink now through 2019.
A perennial favorite as a crowd-pleaser and fun Napa red, the 2011 Prisoner is Zinfandel-based (51%) blend with a balance of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and just a splash of Charbono and Grenache. It was sourced from well-known vineyards such as Ink Grade, Somerson, Solari, and York Creek. The wine has found a following from lovers of fruit-forward and jammy wines, but it has enough substance to please those who prefer their California reds a bit more structured. Not just a cocktail wine, this hefty red pairs very well with braised meats and barbecue. From winemaker Dave Phinney: "The wine has a dense red and black hue that is framed in vibrant crimson. Aromas of Bing cherry, espresso, roasted fig and vanillin oak accents are persistent. The entry is powerful and generous supported with lively acidity while flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry fruit linger harmoniously. Soft, integrated tannin chains allow the wine to be approachable now and provides for a pleasant finish."