The Prisoner Merlot Thorn 2012
94 Points

The Prisoner Merlot Thorn 2012

This new project from The Prisoner winemaking team is a welcome addition to an already outstanding portfolio.  The Thorn offers up alluring notes of cherry, plum, with subtle hints of white pepper and sage.  The palate is well-structured, indicative of the superior vineyards that are being sourced.  Layers of black cherry, rich plum, and graphite-like minerality culminate in a lovely, persistent finish.  This is meant for drinking in the near term over the next 3-5 years.

The Prisoner Winery

Established in 2009, The Prisoner Wine Co. emerged with the change in ownership of the premier Napa Valley red blend, The Prisoner and the archetypal California Zinfandel, Saldo. With over a decade of winemaking experience at Ravenswood crafting Zinfandel, winemaker, Jen Beloz The Prisoner Wine Company’s family of growers and winemaking team to grow and produce our selection of premium blends, including Cuttings, Blindfold, and Thorn. (website)

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