Prisoner Wine Co. - Thorn Napa Valley Merlot 2016
Prisoner Wine Co. - Thorn Napa Valley Merlot 2016 (85 TSW)
Today an US wine from Napa Valley – 100% Merlot
Thorn is a new bottling from winemaker Jen Beloz, who wanted to do something special and reverent with Napa Valley Merlot. The grapes are sourced from small, well-established plots of Merlot that managed to survive the extensive replantings to Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa. The Hudson Vineyard in Carneros and Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak contribute two such special Merlot plots to this wine. Some Syrah and Malbec are included to round out the depth and fruit, and the wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak (30% new).
In the glass a deep purple color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of ripe black cherries, cassis and dark chocolate with hints of smoke, vanilla and cedar.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with medium acidity and light sweetness. Round in the mouth with dark brooding smoky fruit, liquorice, plums and soft tannins. For me too sweet and yammy. The finish has a medium length. Not really my cup of wine.
The Prisoner Wine Company’s eponymous first wine was inspired by the drinkable “mixed blacks” made by the Italian immigrants who originally settled in Napa Valley. Since launch, The Prisoner soon became recognized as one of the most innovative Napa Valley wines, leading the resurgence of California red blends and earning “cult wine” status.
The Prisoner Wine Company acquires grapes from more than 100 vineyards throughout California’s premier grape-growing regions, partnering with growers who are dedicated to cultivating unique varieties. Chrissy Wittmann and her team of winemakers collaborate with this family of growers, visiting each vineyard site throughout the year to carefully assess the style and quality of every lot to make the best possible wine from each vintage.