Prisoner Wine Company Thorn 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A versatile and easy drinking big and bold California Merlot.

Producer/Winery: Prisoner Wine Company; Oakville, California.

Grape Variety: Merlot blend – 80% Merlot, 20% Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Malbec.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Napa Valley, California.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $35.00 (with a wine dinner discount)

Purchased From: Undercurrent Restaurant virtual wine dinner; Greensboro, North Carolina. (See: Undercurrent Restaurant Virtual Wine Dinner with wines from the Prisoner Wine Company

Paired With: Baked casserole with ham, mac & cheese and peas.


    Opened one hour before drinking. Opaque, inky dark purple with the same color rim. Sweet spices, cherry, blackberry and a touch of dark chocolate aromas. Smooth entry, chalky (or dusty), meaty and diverse mouthfeel, full body and a 150-grit texture. Blackberry, cherry, blueberry and fresh fig flavors. Medium well integrated acidity, soft tannins and a very long bitter blackberry and fig tasting finish. Quite a flavorful Merlot; however, it’s strong point was the complex mouthfeel and the long bitter finish that was so satisfying. We called it a versatile and easy drinking big and bold California Merlot.

Chrissy Wittmann, Director of Winemaking, The Prisoner Wine Company
Photo from Women Winemakers of California and Beyond.
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Alcohol Content: 15.2%

Closure: Aluminum covered 45mm Natural cork.

UPC Code: 0 86003 25700 9

Imported by: Not applicable.