2013 Banknote, "The Vault" Zinfandel Blend, Napa Valley


Press and Tasting Notes

The Vault by Banknote Wine Company is a dead ringer for Orin Swift's The Prisoner. We fell in love with this wine for its striking similarity to The Prisoner and its tremendous quality. Prisoner fans will become Vault fans after the first glass which is an intense blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The Vault has aromas of ripe blu ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick

Featured February 02, 2010


Wow, what a blend and what a vintage! It was about a year ago that we first tasted The Vault, a limited release, small production Zinfandel blend that rivaled The Prisoner, an Englewood Wine Merchants' favorite and a Wine Spectator Top 100 finalist.
    The first vintage of The Vault, the 2006 vintage, was one of our fastest selling California wines last year. The newly released 2007 vintage, with its ideal growing conditions, truly embodies the best that Napa has to offer. Dare we say, the new vintage has even surpassed the quality of The Prisoner and is on the coattails of its popularity.
    We fell in love with this wine for its tremendous quality and you will too after your first glass which is an intense blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Syrah.
    Incredibly versatile, the palate shows flavors of cream de cassis, cherry preserves, vanilla and espresso on a long persistent finish. Earth and dark spiced berry fill the glass with subtle aromas of leather and dried herbs. Lively peppery spice runs through the wine with well balanced acidity and a wonderfully distinct blueberry finish that keeps you reaching for another glass.
    The Vault is an ideal red for the cold winter months. From a juicy steak, to pizza, to a burger or even a simple cheese sampling, we tend to find any excuse to drink this wine. Enjoy now and over the next 10 years.Read More »



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