The Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot 2013

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While working with our growers, we came across small vineyard lots of Merlot, which had managed to survive being replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Inspired to preserve these remaining Merlot lots and introduce our distinct style of Napa Valley Merlot, Thorn was created. The wine is a blend of Merlot, along with Syrah and Malbec. Deep purple in color, the wine releases aromas of black cherry with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Dense flavors of dark fruits and rich plum are framed by velvety tannins and an opulent, lingering finish.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand The Prisoner Wine Company
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Merlot Thorn is essentially dominated by Merlot but has small quantities of Malbec and Syrah blended with it. This 4,000-case production cuvée is outstanding. Loads of chocolate, cedar wood, black cherry and mocha notes jump from the glass of this velvety textured, voluptuous and fleshy wine. This sexy beast of a dry red wine should continue to drink well for another 4-5 years.

Robert Parker, October 15, 2015
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorA firm structure combines with ripe, plush fruit to make a winning Merlot. Aromas of currant, espresso and grilled herb open to complex flavors framed by ripe tannins. Drink now through 2024.

Tim Fish, May 31, 2016