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A winemaker’s life experiences are what shapes their individual winemaking styles and gives them the tools and techniques to make great wine.  8 years in the desert is the direct result of the culmination of winemaker Dave Phinney’s trials and tribulations which began back in 1998 with two tons of Zinfandel.  It actually didn’t work out the first time and he sold the wine on the bulk market.  He tried again in 1999 and made 29 cases of Orin Swift Zinfandel…  In 2000, the Zinfandel wasn’t great on it’s own, so he blended other varietals and produced the inaugural vintage of The Prisoner, which he continued to make for the next 8 vintages before selling The Prisoner brand.  The 2017 8 Years In The Desert wouldn’t be here without everything he’s learned a long the way, and lucky for us, it is here…

Riveting, seductive and sensual were the first words to come to my mind when I tasted the 2017 blend.  The wine is primarily Zinfandel heightened with Petite Syrah and Syrah.  Dave Phinney is clearly a master at blending and creating new and unique wines that are wildly delicious and irresistible upon release.  I highly recommend trying a case…

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Winemaker's Notes, "Heady aromas of brambly raspberry, black fig and peppercorn dominate; time in glass exposes more dark chocolate, fennel and High Sierra forest floor.  The palate is lush and opulent with blackberries, dark plums and currants.  More flavors add to the quality of the blend - a visceral minerality and fresh herbs de Provence.  Fully integrated with puckering tannins, the wine bows out with finesse." 

From Wine Spectator: "This hearty kitchen-sink blend is broad and zesty, with black cherry, smoked pepper and orange zest flavors that finish with briary tannins. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah. Drink now through 2024." 91 Points

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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in


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