You are likely familiar with one of the best-selling California red wines on the market, The Prisoner, created by The Prisoner Wine Company. But The Prisoner Wine Company—named for the iconic wine originally made by founding winemaker Dave Phinney—makes much more than just The Prisoner red wine.
The Prisoner Wine Company recently launched a line of wines where, apparently, the prisoner has been set free. It’s called Unshackled. There are currently three Unshackled wine releases: A Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the one we are highlighting this week: Unshackled Rosé 2019 ($27 MSRP), which is a perfect wine for Rosé season.
This Rosé is composed of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, making it very much a French-style Rosé created in the Central and North Coasts of California. Pop the cork and take a whiff of Unshackled Rosé and you might be surprised that the overwhelming aroma is grapefruit – something I tend to associate more with Sauvignon Blanc than Rosé wines. There’s also a lot of lemony citrus aromas on the nose.
Grapefruit and citrus flavors come through on the tongue, as well, along with strawberry, tangerine and melon, all leading to a very dry, crisp finish. Yes, dry. Many people think that Rosé wines are sweet, and they can be. But great Rosés that pair well with food can also be nearly bone dry with bright acidity and Unshackled Rosé is one of them. Try it at your next backyard BBQ.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.