It’s The Prisoner who started off our evening, a 2015 purchased along with a few other Phinney red blends that will be opened during this Christmas season. The Prisoner made a Thanksgiving appearance, too, enjoyed by long-time friends and family gathered for delicious bird and festivities.
While I opted for a comparable Buena Vista red on that occasion, this evening I went with the Prisoner Wine Company offering. The delicious, rich taste of the red overcame a rookie mistake: the bottle had sat in cold, December temperatures for several hours and I didn’t allow it to warm up enough when first serving. Once the wine had warmed in the glass, its true character–big cherry and chocolate notes–were much more apparent on the nose and to the taste.
It accompanied hors de oeuvres (essentially cheese and crackers), and our three glasses quickly dented and polished off this 2015. The taste? The Prisoner you may already know, but if not suffice it to say it is vintage red blend, a mix of Bing cherry, chocolate, black raspberry, and warm spices. Not earthy notes but more baking-type accents. Its finish is very smooth and leaves that cherry as a sign-off. Always a great treat!