Happy Halloween! The Prisoner 2013 is here...

The upcoming Halloween holiday brings the release of the new vintage of The Prisoner. We welcome the 2013 vintage and there is plenty in stock – both 750’s and mags. The last 3 vintages of The Prisoner have had some pretty good accolades from the Wine Spectator, and we’re certain this vintage will continue to please!

The Prisoner Wine Company took over the The Prisoner and Saldo in 2009 from Orin Swift. They knew assembling the right team would be essential. With more than a decade of winemaking experience at Ravenswood crafting Zinfandel, Jen Beloz was the ideal person to take the lead. In order to remain true to the wine’s original style and vision, Jen worked alongside Dave Phinney, founder of The Prisoner, for the first two vintages.

In 2012, she took the lead and seamlessly blended the wines across the entire portfolio.

Jen’s role extends far beyond the cellar to grape sourcing and collaborating with their family of vineyard growers. Much of her time is spent visiting their vineyard sites across California’s premier wine-growing regions, carefully assessing the style and quality of the fruit in order to create authentic and impactful wines.

You are probably familiar with The Prisoner and Saldo, but you might not know about Blindfold and Cuttings. This is the first year that we have had these wines available to our market. Please read about them, and talk to your rep if you would like a taste! Happy Halloween!

For more information visit The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner 2013 – Aromas of briar fruits and dried cherry are accented by hints of vanilla and toasted oak. On the palate, tiers of blueberry, ripe mulberry and boysenberry give way to an edge of espresso, cracked pepper and a seasoning of fall spice. The Blend: 44% Zinfandel, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 18% Petite Sirah, 16% Syrah, 2% Charbono.

Saldo 2012 – The wine has dark ruby color and opens up with bold aromas of black fruit, blueberry pie, juicy plum and hints of mulling spice. The entry is rich and full, with an inviting mid palette that has concentration and density backed by lively acidity. A long finish is persistent with notes of toffee, roasted coffee beans and a subtle hint of vanilla spice. The Blend: 85% Zinfandel 9% Petite Sirah 6% Syrah.

Cuttings 2012 – A Napa Valley red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel. The wine has an intense and alluring aroma of ripe plum reduction layered with baking spices, hints of cocoa powder and cigar box. The palette is velvety and dense with flavors of black cherry, cola, and freshly roasted coffee beans. Soft tannins evolve into a plush and lengthy finish.

Blindfold 2013 – A California white blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Semillon. 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 balanced by bright acidity and minerality that carries through to the finish with flavors of lime zest and toasted marshmallow.

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