Staff Pick

The Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold California Chardonnay Blend 2013

$29.99

The new Prisoner white wine!  A delicious white blend that will be here for a short time only. This marks just the second vintage for the Prisoner Wine Company's winemaker Jen Beloz. Jen worked with Dave Phinney in the transition of the Prisoner and Saldo for the 2011 vintage and is responsible for the beautiful new upcoming 2012 vintage of Prisoner and Saldo on her own. She comes to the project with extensive zinfandel pedigree after having worked for 10 years with Joel Peterson at Ravenswood, while working toward a Master's degree in Enology.  Jen's first creation on her own is the delicious Blindfold white wine blend. It has a California appellation with fruit sourced from the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles and Santa Ynez. The blend is unique; using primarily Chardonnay (35%) and classic Rhone whites, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, with a small percentage of Riesling and Semillon to bring out the aromatics. The wine has beautiful aromas of tropical fruit, baked apple and pear, incredible richness while maintaining acidity and freshness.    90 Points Robert Parker:  "A blend of 30% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne and the balance Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and a few other grapes, the 2013 Proprietary White Blindfold is close in quality to the brilliant 2012 I reviewed last year. Reminiscent of some of Sine Qua Non’s white wines from California’s Central Coast, the 2013 is more zesty, and plays it closer to the vest, but it offers lovely notes of fresh pineapple, tangerine skins, orange marmalade, melon and honeysuckle. I wish more California wineries would consider using such innovative blends as this given the high quality that can result. This beauty should be enjoyed over the next several years....This brand was first created by Orin Swift, but is now run by winemaker Jen Beloz and David Phinney. The wines’ impressive labels reflect the innovative and creative nature of this wine company."

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Ratings on Delectable

Donald Patz Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

Chardonnay is the base for a Rhone-ish blend. It's pretty good!

Chardonnay is the base for a Rhone-ish blend. It's pretty good!

9.0

Ming Liang

The 2013 is a blend of 30% Char, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne, and the rest of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Semillion, and a few more. Pale yellow gold. Inviting nose of pineapple, peach, honeysuckle, floral, perfume, vanilla, and very subtle note of petrol and mineral. Rich and textured on the palate with just the right amount of acidity. Lovely chrysanthemum tea like finish. Not a fan of kitchen sink blends that are popular nowadays, but this is well made, and to me it's better made than the Prisoner.

The 2013 is a blend of 30% Char, 20% Viognier, 20% Roussanne, and the rest of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Semillion, and a few more. Pale yellow gold. Inviting nose of pineapple, peach, honeysuckle, floral, perfume, vanilla, and very subtle note of petrol and mineral. Rich and textured on the palate with just the right amount of acidity. Lovely chrysanthemum tea like finish. Not a fan of kitchen sink blends that are popular nowadays, but this is well made, and to me it's better made than the Prisoner.

8.9

Alfred Micah

Rich and well-rounded, but not complex. Good, not great.

Rich and well-rounded, but not complex. Good, not great.

8.0

Michelle Brummell

Absolutely delish fruity but not too sweet so good

Absolutely delish fruity but not too sweet so good

9.2

Jon Simpson

A blend good for sharing with friends on a weeknight.

A blend good for sharing with friends on a weeknight.

9.3

Michael Decker

Alright. Sweet, maybe a little too much. Low/no acid; low fruit. A bit buttery. A hint smoky? Nose lightly hinting at Saran Wrap, but not in a bad way.

Alright. Sweet, maybe a little too much. Low/no acid; low fruit. A bit buttery. A hint smoky? Nose lightly hinting at Saran Wrap, but not in a bad way.

8.0

Lyndsey

Pretty sweet, so I was surprised I liked it

Pretty sweet, so I was surprised I liked it

8.6

Vincent Milluzzi

Cougar juice, a bit too much on the chardonnay side. Overpowered the rest of the blend.

Cougar juice, a bit too much on the chardonnay side. Overpowered the rest of the blend.

7.0

Lisa Knust

Nice and smooth with some citrus

Nice and smooth with some citrus

9.3

Richard Luna

2013

2013

8.9

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