90 Points Wine Spectator :Ripe, jammy, sweet and loaded with toasty oak. Subtle this is not, loaded with flavor, offering notes of black cherry, chocolate, licorice and cinnamon spice. Should appeal to fans of the style. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono. Drink now through 2018.
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.
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 our family of vineyard growers. Much of her time is spent visiting our 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.
When we took ownership of The Prisoner and Saldo in 2009 from Orin Swift, we 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.