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The Wine

The Prisoner truly is... “one of a kind”. When Dave Phinney (founder) launched the wine in 2003, there really was no other wine like it. Inspired and created by the drinkable “mixed blacks” first made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in the Napa Valley, it was innovative and unique. In the late '90s a handful of Napa producers took an interest in making this style of wine. The blend soon began to incorporate not only Zinfandel, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono, and Grenache.

NEW 90 Point WS Rating on 2012 PDF

NEW 90 Point WA Rating on 2012 PDF

The Blend

The wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Grenache. The wine features enticing aromas of bing cherry, espresso, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate, and wild berry linger harmoniously for a smooth and luscious finish.


The Growers

In order to create the complex foundation of The Prisoner, we work with a vibrant community of distinguished growers across the Napa Valley. It is through the careful cultivation of these relationships that we are able to consistently deliver this special wine.

“Our growers are our extended family. We
couldn't make this wine without them.”
—Jen Beloz, Winemaker

Solari — Calistoga

Owned by Bruno Solari, this master farmer speaks fluent Italian and farms with old-school sensibilities and new-school techniques. This vineyard is responsible for Zinfandel found in The Prisoner, and produces small yields of immensely flavored petite berries. We've been working with Bruno since 2005.

Tofanelli — Calistoga

Owned and farmed by Vince Tofanelli and his mother, Pauline, this vineyard was originally planted by Vince’s father in the late 1950's. This head trained vineyard produces classic Napa Zinfandel and Charbono grapes. Vince holds himself to the same high standard of quality — whether he's farming grapes for his own wines or for The Prisoner, his attention to detail does not waiver. Tofanelli has been part of our family of growers since 2004.

Korte Ranch — St. Helena

Owned by Jack and Kathy Pagendarm, this vineyard has been part of their family for over 100 years and is situated in the heart of St. Helena. Kathy is known for her daily ritual of walking the length of the vineyard and caring for the vines. We have sourced fruit from this special vineyard since 2005.

Tiedemann — Yountville

Planted and farmed by Larry Bettinelli, with his father-in-law, Irv Tiedemann, in the 1970's. To keep the family tradition alive, he now farms the land with his son, Giancarlo Bettinelli (shown to the right) and his son-in-law Paul Goldberg (below). Working one-on-one with this family business has been a truly special experience. The vineyard is a perfect showcase of both head trained and wire-trained Zinfandel, and has been in our family of growers since 2004.

The Source

To make The Prisoner, we acquire grapes from more than 80 vineyards throughout Napa Valley's premier wine-growing region. Jen Beloz, winemaker, spends much of her time collaborating with our family of growers, visiting each of their vineyard sites and carefully assessing the style and quality of each lot to make the best possible wine for that vintage.


The Prisoner Wine Company
PO Box 396
Rutherford, CA 95473

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