Brand: Renowned, progressive winemaker Dave Phinney can add “rebel” to his long list of winemaking accolades with his creation of ‘Locations’ wines. Based on the concept to “make the best possible wine from a given country or location” by blending grapes sourced from different appellations. This is a much more difficult task then it sounds. Restriction on varietal percentage and blending not only vary from appellation to appellation, country to country, but also are also quite strict. By blending across appellations, Phinney loses the ability to have appellation designation on his wines. Like a true rebel, he bucks authority and crafts his wine the way he wants, producing wines “that uniquely express their sense of place”. The country code stickers seen on cars throughout Europe inspired the eye catching, minimalist labels.
Winemaking: Phinney sources grapes from “high-quality vineyards, and forward-thinking growers”. Grapes came from diverse vineyards within Washington’s best appellations. Barrel aged ten months in French and American oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with cozy aromas of wild berries, brambly shrubs, vanilla and a hint of woodsy oak. Silky tannins and fresh acidity compliment jammy berries [blueberry, blackberry, raspberry] dusted with chocolate and crushed pink peppercorn. Earth and tobacco notes fuse into the plush finish of espresso, chocolate, black pepper and toasted oak. So silky smooth, each glass will vanish faster then you expect. Fantastic on its own, but pairs great with spicy dishes and chocolate.
Blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Petit Sirah [I could not verify varietal percentages.]
Bottled by Locations Wines, Napa CA