Prisoner Wine Company unshackles the expectations of Napa wines

The Prisoner Wine Company, Prisoner Red Blend, photo by Cristine Struble
The Prisoner Wine Company, Prisoner Red Blend, photo by Cristine Struble /

Prisoner Wine Company tempts wine drinkers to explore its complex wines.

Prisoner Wine Company might be known for its red blend, but the Napa based wine company is more than just a blend and a creative label. While its loyal fan base is un-wavering, the wine company continues to push boundaries.

Many people were introduced to Prisoner Wine Company with its iconic red blend. While the label inspired by a Goya sketch caught many people’s attention, the wine held their interest long after the bottle had been emptied.

Although each bottle continues to draw inspiration from that Goya sketch, the wine stays true to ideals that gained it such a strong following. As a pioneer in the red blend category, the wine company has seen others follow in its footsteps, but none have surpassed them.

Building on the success of its red blend, Prisoner Wine Company recently added The Prisoner Carneros Chardonnay and The Prisoner Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. While the labels share the same dark, almost sinister imagery, the wines entice the wine drinker to unlock the potential in each bottle.

For many wine drinkers, they start their journey into the Prisoner Wine world by opening a bottle of the well-known The Prisoner Red Blend. Made from a combination of five varietals, the red wine is nuanced, sometimes questioning and always intriguing.

Similar to the label that makes you want to stare but makes you leaves you with more questions than answers, the red blend asks you to peel back the layers. From jammy forward flavors to a touch of spice, it invites you to push the boundaries. Even if you choose a different path with a potential food pairing, the red blend is ready to accept the consequences.

When thinking about food pairings for the red blend, dinner pairings are many. While a filet mignon is lovely, a roasted duck or even some lamb chops would be exciting. And, if there is a glass of wine remaining for dessert, a rich cheesecake would finish the meal on a delicious note.

If you are open to a new experience, The Prisoner Carneros Chardonnay offers a juxtaposition that will have you going back sip after sip. While there are notes of toasted oak, the pineapple is bright and inviting. With some sweeter aromas, the wine opens the door to contemplation and exploration of food pairings.

The Prisoner Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon
The Prisoner Wine Company, Prisoner Cabernet Sauvignon, photo by Cristine Struble /

For a more robust wine, the Prisoner Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, complex bottle. As the baking spices aroma entices, the dark fruits are quite apparent in every sip. As each glass unfolds, the finish lingers and allows you to savor the experience.

While The Prisoner Wine Company has many offerings, the Prisoner Trio, featuring the Red Blend, Carneros Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon, is a wonderful introduction to the brand. From the most well-known wine to two newer selections, this trio showcases the diversity of the wine brand.

For the wine drinker who embraces an adventurous wine journey, the Prisoner Trio would make a lovely gift. Whether you enjoy each wine on its own or create a progressive meal, these wines will captivate.

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The Prisoner Wine Company has a wide variety of wines under its label. Wines can be purchased via the company’s website or at various local purveyors.

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