92pts Wine Spectator
Well-crafted, with medium-grained tannins supporting buoyant cherry, plum and currant flavors. Minerally midpalate, with hints of white pepper on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2025.
91pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Prisoner Wine Company Thorn Merlot offers excellent richness coupled with a pleasing suppleness. This wine deftly combines black fruit, dust, and savory spices in its aroma and flavors. Pair it with roast veal topped with smokey bacon. (Tasted: October 17, 2020, San Francisco, 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.
Blend: 80% Merlot; 20% Blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Malbec