2007 Orin Swift Cellars The Prisoner

01172009I’m always up for trying a vintage of The Prisoner. I’ve loved the last 2 vintages (the 2006 made my list for top wines of 2008), so when I came across the 2007 on Friday, I grabbed one to test it out.

One thing I should point out – this is a young wine and really benefits from some time in the decanter. I’ve grabbed a couple to put away for a while (if I can keep my hands off them).

So, I decanted this for a couple of hours last night before taking a sip and that really helped it out. When I first popped the cork, the wine had that bright and youthful fruit thing going on… as the air mellowed it, that evolved into dark jammy blackberry fruit with chocolate.

That really became evident when I took a sip. This blend of 50% Zinfandel, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Syrah, 9% Petite Sirah, 2% Charbono and 1% Grenache made for a concentrated dark fruit explosion with a beautifully balanced chocolate edge to the long finish. Imagine a big handful of ripe blackberries mixed with chocolate covered cherries. Yep, that’s this wine.

Another score for Dave Phinney and the gang down in St. Helena. Tasty stuff.

$52.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 1/2 stars

11 comments
  • http://just-grapes.blogspot.com Shea

    Man I still think it's crazy that this is $20 more in Vancouver than down here in California. Ridiculous. That said, I do love this stuff and must try the 2007 while it is available for the lower price.

  • http://www.vinifico.com scaldron

    I KNOW! The prices here in BC are out of hand… Make sure you have some down there, especially if it's $20.

  • http://www.vinifico.com scaldron

    I KNOW! The prices here in BC are out of hand… Make sure you have some down there, especially if it's $20.

  • http://just-grapes.blogspot.com Shea

    It's actually $35 down here. Still a great price compared to $53!

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    Yep, though I've gotten so used to the price being double up here that ~$50 doesn't seem too bad. That's sad.

  • http://just-grapes.blogspot.com Shea

    I hear ya. Are you going to ZAP this year?

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    Yep. I'm headed down on the 30th. Are you thinking of going?

  • http://just-grapes.blogspot.com Shea

    Yes I will be there for the press tasting and beyond (living in Berkeley rocks). Not sure If I can get up for a 10am start! If you feel like saying hello, let me know and I can send you my cell #.

  • http://www.vinifico.com vinifico

    For sure. I'll be there all day, up in the media lounge. Email me your # – sean [at] vinifico [dot] com.

  • Jim

    Not to break your hearts, but the 2007 is $20 here in Colorado.

  • Jim

    Not to break your hearts, but the 2007 is $20 here in Colorado.