Sommelier: The Prisoner

In the wine war, sometimes the quest for hedonism is fueld by a ruthless desire to hunt down the best wine on the list and take no prisoners. There is, however, an exception to this general rule. And that’sDave Phinney’s renegade red creation: The Prisoner. Stand up straight, take a deep breath and get ready to experience a sturdy blend of almost every red grape known to Napa. Medium in body, but full of complex goodness, The Prisoner blends the spice of Zinfandel and the heft of Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah, Petit Sirah and the secret weapon, Charbono. All of this delivers a fruit explosion up front balanced with a silky, smooth finish. Your mind races with just about every wine expression you ever heard: ruby red, inky purple, peppery, deep heat, jammy, boysenberry, mocha, wow, well endowed. Capture The Prisoner BTG at Tallulah’s Restaurant in the Renaissance Hotel where this rich red pairs perfectly with the Blackberry Grilled Rack of Lamb. Or track a bottle down most anywhere for about forty bucks. Whatever you do, don’t let this prisoner escape!