2021 The Prisoner Wine Company “Unshackled” Red Blend
2021 The Prisoner Wine Company “Unshackled” Red Blend Unshackled Red Blend opens with aromas of raspberry, blueberry and crushed violets. Flavors of spiced dried cherries, florals and a hint of white pepper translate to a balanced red blend wine supported with a generous mouthfeel. A blend of Zinfandel, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache is barrel aged in French and American oak casks for 10 months before bottling. Delicious and generous, this full-bodied wine is also well balanced and has a slightly grippy texture that counters its richness and ripeness. Blackberries, black cherries and light oak spices like cinnamon and cocoa add nice touches. 91pts WE
Aromas of raspberry, blueberry and crushed violets. Flavors of spiced dried cherries, florals and a hint of white pepper translate to a balanced wine supported with generous mouthfeel.~winery notes
The Prisoner Wine Company is synonymous with BIG, RICH, reds and are some of the most sought after in the world. Prisoner was founded by David Phinney, one of Napa’s hottest young winemakers. Collectors all over the world seek out his wines, and I have been in some of the finest cellars in the country that dedicate space specifically to his wines. I remember tasting the first vintage of The Prisoner (2000) and how it instantly changed my palate as well as the game in California. The wine was modeled after California’s original Zinfandel based “field blends”, and became a cult wine overnight, with a mere 385 case production. The wine has been on Spectator’s Top 100 three times and is released once a year.
The Prisoner Wine Company has come a long way since 2000, and the biggest frustration with The Prisoner is it always sells out. Today’s wine is an opportunity to enjoy The Prisoner but at a much more welcoming price, with The Prisoner Wine Co’s. “Unshackled” 2021 Red Blend. After tasting, I was floored by how much is packed into the bottle at the price! If you love the big rich Zin blends coming out of California, jump on this opportunity before it sells out!