94pts Wilfred Wong
The 2016 Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot snuck up on me. At first, I enjoyed it. As it aerated, I found myself returning for additional sips and savors. This wine is deep, yet stylish and mindful of the grape's inherent qualities. Its aromas and flavors of berries, savory spices, and earth should pair it perfectly with braised lamb shanks. (Tasted: August 20, 2019, St. Helena, CA)
Earthy aromas open up into cocoa, blackberry, cedar, and anise. It’s smooth with flavors of cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and a mild toastiness. The finish is long with balanced acidity.