A dozen times - I've surfed over to Wade's Wines - and been greeted by beautiful art - headlined - the prisoner has arrived - B.F.D. - Wade has to sell wine-
Shoppng for party gift at Crossroads - there it was on the shelf - perfect label for my friends party - George raved about the wine - so I bought a bottle for Jersey and some for myself -
Don't know if E and M opened theirs yet - but opened mine on Friday with Maki and Susan - "I GET IT !!!"
The Prisoner - emulates a "field blend" - old world - a winemaker would plant a variety of grapes in a single vineyard - Cab - Merlot - Zin - Malbec - whatever - harvest them all at once - ferment them all at once - fun stuff - refreshing - meant to be drunk early - balanced with complexity - this is NOT the high end blend of a Meritage -Syrah -
Orin Swift Cellars "The Prisoner" 2002 - pulled the black grapes from a variety of vineyards - 53% Zinfandel, 15% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Charbono and 7% Petite Sirah - with the result being something very different -
Our notes from friday night - sweet - slightly astringent - 15.2% alcohol - but doen't knock you down - fruity - definitely a sense of being a blend - rich rich flavors - but a lightness of being - smiles all around
A few words on cost -
A trapper came in from the Alaskan wild for provisions at The General Store - on the wall behind the counter was an axe handle that he needed priced at $20,00 - the trapper confronted the store owner - "Its only $10,00 in the Sears Catalogue" - to which the store owner replied - "Fair enough - give me $10,00" - they exchanged monies - whereupon the store owner took back the axe handle and put it back on the wall - "What are you doing" - asked the trapper - to which the store owner replied - "waiting for the boat to come in" -
Two Buck Chuck - sells for $1.99 at Trader Joe's on the west coast - $2.99 on the east coast - the difference - which the store's website readily admits to - is freight - hence - Three Buck Chuck -
Crossroads had "The Prisoner" at 36.99 - Wades Wines in Simi Valley posts $25 plus UPS and K&D in SF lists it at 23.99 plus UPS to select states - NY is not one of them - and they are out-of-stock -
The price difference was not all freight - but then - there was no "waiting ffor the boat to come in"