Blindfold by The Prisoner Wine Company

Blindfold by The Prisoner Wine Company

Blindfold by The Prisoner Wine Companywine: Blindfold by The Prisoner Wine Company
grapes: 35% Chardonnay, 60%: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, 5%: Semillon and Riesling
regions: Napa Valley, Sonoma (Carneros), Santa Ynez

company history: The Prisoner Wine Company is owned by Huneeus Vintners, who also owns Chilean winery Veramonte, Sonoma Pinot Noir producer Flowers, and Napa based Quintessa. In 2010, Huneeus Vintners purchased the Prisoner label from creator Dave Phinney, who started the label in 1998 and brought it to rock-star status. (Dave Phinney continues to make several successful brands under his company, Orin Swift.)

Blindfold was created to be a companion white wine to the incredibly popular Zinfandel blend “The Prisoner” red wine. Similar to The Prisoner full-flavored and easy drinking style, Blindfold is a rich, satiny blend that is almost an meal in itself. Although the exact grape proportions will change from vintage to vintage, Blindfold has a solid Chardonnay base.

Winemaker notes:
“Aromatic and inviting, the wine opens up with subtle notes of mandarin and meyer lemon zest, complimented on the palette with delightful flavors of Anjou pear, roasted marshmallow, spiced apple tart and a hint of minerality . The finish is rich and creamy with bright, balanced acidity. Aged in 25% New oak (combination of French and Hungarian), 60% neutral oak and 15% stainless steel for 10 months.”

Critical Acclaim:
“A blend of 30% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne and the balance Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and a few other grapes, the 2013 Proprietary White Blindfold is close in quality to the brilliant 2012 I reviewed last year. Reminiscent of some of Sine Qua Non’s white wines from California’s Central Coast, the 2013 is more zesty, and plays it closer to the vest, but it offers lovely notes of fresh pineapple, tangerine skins, orange marmalade, melon and honeysuckle. I wish more California wineries would consider using such innovative blends as this given the high quality that can result. This beauty should be enjoyed over the next several years.”

The Wine Advocate: 90 points

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