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. These dense aromas and flavors culminate in a lingering finish framed by refined tannins.
A perennial favorite as a crowd-pleaser and fun Napa red, the 2012 Prisoner is Zinfandel-based (46%) blend with a balance of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and just a splash of Charbono. It was sourced from well-known vineyards such as Heitz Ink Grade, Somerson, Solari, and York Creek. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak (30% new) before bottling. This eclectic 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 Jen Beloz: "The wine has a deep ruby red hue that is framed in rich crimson. Aromas of black cherry and plum, surrounded by roasted coffee beans and vanillin oak accents. The entry is powerful and lush with flavors of bing cherry, blueberry and cocoa. Soft and velvety tannins round out the finish making this wine approachable and inviting.