I had thoroughly enjoyed Orin Swift Locations F-1 2011 so I was rather excited when I saw the Locations I-1 Proprietary Red Blend 2011 had finally hit the shelves at one of my local wine shops. Winemaker David Phinney founded Orin Swift Cellars in 1998 [Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name]. Today the company has grown into an international brand that includes 300 acres in southwest France yet still remains a small, “passionate team of friends and family dedicated to making great wine”. Phinney was inspired to create the ‘Locations’ label whilst standing on a curb waiting for a taxi at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. He was motivated to create a wine that combines the best grape varietals from great “locations” throughout Europe, adopting the country code car stickers as the label. Priced budget friendly, there are currently bottles from Spain [E], Italy [I], France [F], California [CA] and Argentina [AR]. The grapes for I-1 were sourced from diverse vineyards as far south as Manduria in Puglia all the way north to Alba in Piemonte.
Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of cherry, smoky earth and oak. Dense flavours of baked cherry along with raisin were joined by earth notes and smooth tannins, whilst spicy crushed black peppercorn and toasted oak elements comprised the lengthy finish. Plush and engaging, this is a well-composed glass fantastic for sipping on its own or with a wide variety of dishes.
Winemaker’s blend of Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola, Barbera, “and native varietals from Puglia”
Bottled by Locations, R.E. 40.869 Hu-Es at Beliver de Cinca, Spain
Enjoy now thru 2015