The Prisoner Wine Company Blindfold California Chardonnay Blend 2015

$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

Ming Liang

Though not a huge fan of the Prisoner red blend, I do like this chard leading field blend a lot. Interwoven tropical, citrus, and stone fruits drive the aromatic nose with subtle minerality. Hint of white flower and honeydew too. Juicy and round acidity. A rich palate was expected, but with a delicate feel. Really nice!

Though not a huge fan of the Prisoner red blend, I do like this chard leading field blend a lot. Interwoven tropical, citrus, and stone fruits drive the aromatic nose with subtle minerality. Hint of white flower and honeydew too. Juicy and round acidity. A rich palate was expected, but with a delicate feel. Really nice!

9.0

Stanislav Lobanov

16.5/20 (90/100) Очень американский стиль. Аромат засахаренных фруктов, дыни, ванили и жареного ореха. Тельное, кажется есть немного остаточного сахара, умеренная кислотность. Приятное и дружелюбное.

16.5/20 (90/100) Очень американский стиль. Аромат засахаренных фруктов, дыни, ванили и жареного ореха. Тельное, кажется есть немного остаточного сахара, умеренная кислотность. Приятное и дружелюбное.

9.0

Samuel Fynes

Body of a Chardonnay, but rounder with more acidity. A great example of what can be achieved with blending.

Body of a Chardonnay, but rounder with more acidity. A great example of what can be achieved with blending.

9.2

Jeff Ball

Nice blend, a touch sweet, oaky, with hints of wheatgrass

Nice blend, a touch sweet, oaky, with hints of wheatgrass

9.2

P.J. Hardy

Smooth easy drinking wine with hints of floral notes but definitely honeydew melon with a crisp acidic finish

Smooth easy drinking wine with hints of floral notes but definitely honeydew melon with a crisp acidic finish

8.3

Eric Godin

As a result of all the different varieties blended in here(chard with white rhones and aromatics) this wine has a really cool complexity on the nose. Grilled pineapple with white pepper and lychee. Vanilla, soap, salt. We are right on the edge of how much oak in a chard that I can tolerate, and I believe that to be a conscious decision. They purposely didn't bury the subtleties of this wine with oak. It plays as much of an influence as the supporting varietals. The pallatte brings a great balance of acid, salt, cream, and fruit. It has a little of the disjointed feeling, but altogether it's a nice experience. A little surprised here, my expectations were low but the wine caught up to it's pricetag.

As a result of all the different varieties blended in here(chard with white rhones and aromatics) this wine has a really cool complexity on the nose. Grilled pineapple with white pepper and lychee. Vanilla, soap, salt. We are right on the edge of how much oak in a chard that I can tolerate, and I believe that to be a conscious decision. They purposely didn't bury the subtleties of this wine with oak. It plays as much of an influence as the supporting varietals. The pallatte brings a great balance of acid, salt, cream, and fruit. It has a little of the disjointed feeling, but altogether it's a nice experience. A little surprised here, my expectations were low but the wine caught up to it's pricetag.

9.0

Francie Cook

Bright and creamy

Bright and creamy

8.5

Neal Ferry

Delightful- Grilled Peaches

Delightful- Grilled Peaches

9.1

Evan Kennedy/Caroline Kielar

Very good, easy to drink on its own, but would certainly hold up to a variety of foods ... would be quite good with fish. On the nose - initial strong notes of apricot and possibly pineapple, more subtle notes of green apple, peach, and purple grape. On the palette - quite fruity, relatively long finish. Maybe a bit of fig taste. Comes across as sweet but in further thought is rather off dry. Creamy in the mouth. Strong mandarin flavor.

Very good, easy to drink on its own, but would certainly hold up to a variety of foods ... would be quite good with fish. On the nose - initial strong notes of apricot and possibly pineapple, more subtle notes of green apple, peach, and purple grape. On the palette - quite fruity, relatively long finish. Maybe a bit of fig taste. Comes across as sweet but in further thought is rather off dry. Creamy in the mouth. Strong mandarin flavor.

9.0

Jack Bender

Easy to see this is a winner

Easy to see this is a winner

9.4

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