Cabin fever got you down? At this point in a long winter, it’s almost inevitable. With quarantine monotony setting in hard, and with so many of our usual entertainments on hold, we’re all looking for novel experiences in our own homes. And thankfully, there’s nothing like uncorking a great bottle of wine to transform a quiet night around the house into something unexpected.
The folks at The Prisoner Wine Company have long specialized in wines that are anything but ordinary. While their home of Napa Valley tends to have a predictable winemaking style, the brand’s first release, “The Prisoner,” broke all the rules when it hit the market more than twenty years ago — a super-luxury red blend uniting the Zinfandel grape with an unusual combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Charbono.
With its eye-catching label, inspired by Goya’s classic 19th-century sketch Le Petit Prisonnier, and its varietals inspired by Italian immigrants who were early settlers to Napa Valley, the wine became a cult favorite among collectors — a bold Napa wine utterly unlike anything that came before.
Over the years, it’s gained a serious following, appealing both to hard-core wine aficionados and to less experienced drinkers looking for a remarkable bottle to discover. And now, The Prisoner Wine Company is introducing two new releases under The Prisoner label, every bit as innovative and compelling as their flagship: a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Carneros Chardonnay.
Which of the three Prisoner wines is your best match? It all depends on your style — and your plans for the weekend. Pick a bottle, and we guarantee you’ll shake off those cabin fever blues in no time.
As with every wine from The Prisoner, the labels are key — variations of Goya’s Le Petit Prisonnier, the sketch that inspired the wine brand itself. Every bottle is a conversation piece, ideal for an evening of great conversation. Perfect for sipping late into the night, paired with great company, it’s a wine that only grows more rewarding with every sip you take.