Thursday, June 19, 2008
No, I don't mean Scott. haha
You could hold me prisoner any day with a bottle of this tasty little blend. The other night we opened this bottle of the 2003 Prisoner Zinfandel blend and found a new favorite. This gem from Orin Swift Cellars is a unique red blend that is made of 40% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 20% Cab, 10% Charbono, and finally, 6% Petite Syrah. I thought with this big red it would take awhile to open up, but wow...it was pretty tasty at first swirl and sip. As usual with a zin, it had the typical lush blackberries and cherries, but it also had just the right amount of vanilla and chocolate as well. And, did I taste a little coffee bean? Maybe it was more mocha. Just a hint of tannins kept it from being to "in your face" fruit forward, as did the speckles of spice at the end. This one was a smooth operator, as it's velvety mouthfeel kept me going back for more.
It would be great with a nice steak or pork tenderloin, but we had it with cheese and crackers and it was still lovely.