The Next Coming of The Prisoner: Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema
I was a big fan of Orin Swift’s “The Prisoner” when it came out. So much so that it was the first wine I spent real money on. The receipt below shows I spent $210.28 on a six pack at over $35 per bottle!
The price of The Prisoner has dropped since then, but in my opinion, so has the quality. I thought maybe my tastes had just changed, so I opened my last bottle of the 2005 vintage The Prisoner earlier this year and confirmed I do indeed like that wine better than the last several releases (they are now on 2010). As so often happens with popular wines, the temptation to increase production caused quality to diminish.
I have never tasted a wine quite like the early versions of The Prisoner until now. And, it came from an unexpected source: Coppola. The wines of Francis Ford Coppola are known for being high volume, drinkable wines of little excitement. But Coppola has a history of making very high quality, collectible wines with their Rubicon Estate portfolio (now called Inglenook). That winemaking skill is transferred over to the Director’s Cut wines, which, if “Cinema” is any indication, are high quality and high value.
Mostly Zinfandel and Cabernet, this is a fruity blend that turns serious on the finish reminding me why I like Zinfandel blended with other grapes vs. stand-alone. Those looking to recapture the love they had for The Prisoner might just find it here!
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Connoisseurs’ Guide 92 points
“As Duckhorn’s Paraduxx has proven numerous times in the past, Zinfandel can partner quite well with Cabernet, and this well-composed effort reiterates the point. Rich, generously fruited, tempered in ripeness and fairly refined vis-à-vis balance, the wine is long on Zinfandel berries with accents of cassis and loam peeking out here and there. Firm at the finish with a tail of Cabernet tannin, this is an ageworthy wine that is sure to improve, and it warrants four or five years of patience. Reviewed: May 2012″