Original tasting and review : These are wines from the Locations Wine line, made from an amalgam of grapes from various regions in a specific country, and named for the country of origin. They are big wines all, ranging in the 14.5 to 15% alcohol range. All were the responsibility of Dave Phinney, winemaker. The 2014 vintages are being sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2017. Review wines were provided by the winery through their representatives at Balzac Communications & Marketing and were part of a live online tasting with the winemaker.
The winemaker explained that the European-based wines are made in the country of origin, then assembled and bottled in Barcelona, Spain. The version numbers - in these cases the number "4" - relates to the annual series number of the wine. It's not QUITE a vintage, but version "1" was in 2001, so you can probably work out the math fairly easily.
Locations "E" wine, version "4", from Spain:
Includes grapes from almost two dozen lots around Spain. Phinney explained his hopes of making a world class wine from among a wide range of vineyard style and grapes.
Inspired by this wine: Seated in the country courtyard, heating up the outdoor brick hearth.
In the glass: Light mahogany with deeper dusty tone.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright notes with definite charcoal tones amidst the red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, perhaps acidic, with some layers of fruit
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite sweet and luscious in feel, with ripe red fruits, layered with solid, substantial tannins. Finish fades slowly and remains remarkably clean.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Best value at its price point.
Locations "F" wine, version "4", from France:
Inspired by this wine: A chat in the quiet parlor, friendly talk about family, friends and the future.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows gentle nose with elements of wool blankets and pomegranates. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and cheery.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact gentle, layered, bright red fruit. Full mid fruit and clean, relatively quick, finish.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value at the price point.
Inspired by this wine: Coming in from a dusty hike, kicking off the boots and ready to relax.
In the glass: Deep brick, not opaque in the center of the glass.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a touch of smoke with deep black/red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be classic and, perhaps, closed.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much more generous than anticipated, with dusty, ripe red fruit coming across the palate. The sip moves to a few darker tones in the mid-palate and glides to a clean finish of ripe red fruit.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a good value at its price point.
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