Posted at 5:00 am
We hosted an Orin Swift wine tasting last weekend and a good time was had by all! The couples that joined us all love The Prisoner wine and we’d been meaning to compare it to the wines from Orin Swift. That’s where The Prisoner originated and then broke off and became it’s own entity.
The quality of the wines was simply stupendous. Our heads were spinning when the bottles were lined up and the tasting was ready to begin. My husband covered the bottles with a brown paper bag and labeled each wine with a number 1 though 6. Each taster was given a sheet to take notes and rank the wine. The comments ran the gamut of precise all the way to laugh-out-loud hilarious.
Here are a few:
- Smoky, BBQ
- Dark, strong, ashy
- Not much scent. Not wow.
- I can take that dry.
- Tennis Balls
- Tastes like Franzia.
- Dry, but adventurous.
- A sweet lover.
- Even ass would say this tastes like ass.
- Inky, in your face, vanilla.
So there you have it. The wine identity was revealed when we were all done tasting and the results were a little surprising. The most expensive bottle, Papillon, turned out to be most people’s least favorite. Prisoner took number 1. Abstract and Machete tied for 2nd. Palermo took 3rd and Slander took 4th. By all means, none of the wines were tough to drink. There wasn’t a drop left in any of the bottles by the end of the night. The comments above were all in good humor. The guys especially had fun with it and I love that!
All in all, The Prisoner has proven to be that tried and true friend. The one that never lets you down. We also compared the 2015 to the 2016 release. Some preferred 2015, but personally, I liked 2016 Prisoner more. It was juicy and vibrant with an ultra smooth finish.
Wine tastings like these are a great way to try some really amazing wines with everyone contributing a bottle or two. A fun experience is practically guaranteed! Thank you friends for an evening that was over in the blink of an eye and filled with lots of laughs.
Cheers my dears!
Posted at 8:00 am
At the beginning of October, a friend of mine was looking to buy a bottle of The Prisoner and could not find it. This happened to another friend as the month wore on. They didn’t have long to wait, because this label releases a new vintage each year on Halloween. I was so excited to try it. The person who introduced all of us to it was lucky enough to go to a Prisoner release party. (Courtney!) How fun would that be? That will be added to the list of things to try. Another good thing to try is Thorn, also made by The Prisoner Wine Company for which Courtney was able to try at this party. It’s a blend of Merlot, Syrah and Malbec. The wine was described as deep purple in color with hints of cedar, lead pencil and black cherry. Yum!
I recently tried the 2014 Prisoner and was so happy to see that it’s still the same smooth, flavorful wine as it was the last time I had it over the summer. With Friday the 13th coming up, I think it’s appropriate to grab a bottle of this and drink it if only for good luck. 😉
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷out of 4 wine glasses.
Posted at 7:53 am
Last week, a few of the moms met up for some wine, awesome thin-crust pizza and more wine. One of them highly recommended trying The Prisoner and after six of us downed two bottles, we came to one conclusion: it was uh-mazing! This wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Charbono. Charbono is new to me and it has a long history, but I won’t bore you with the details. 😉 The flavors we tasted were espresso, fig and lots of berries; it pours ultra dark into your glass. If you like a bold red, then this one’s for you.
🍷🍷🍷🍷out of 4 wine glasses for this wine.
Thank you, Courtney for the recommendation. I can’t wait to try the other wines you mentioned!
Some interesting facts about the wine label because I wanted to know how the name of the wine came into existence: The image on the wine bottle is an etching that is dark and unsettling depicting a prisoner during the war between France and Spain. The artist is Francisco de Goya and the etching is entitled, The Little Prisoner. The original winemaker’s parents gave him this etching when he was 12 years old. It obviously left quite an impression on him. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this wine is released each year in limited quantities on Halloween either.
Credits: Courtney Elizabeth for the gorgeous top photo. gwfins.com for the wine bottle image and California Home Design for the article describing the story behind this wine’s label.