Locations CA 4

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All from 2014. Veiled in dark ruby red, the wine bursts with a tempting perfume of red and black fruits, dried rose petals, and a peppery note which offers some lift. Dense and ripe upon first pass, it evolves into a savory compote of raspberry, kirsch, and bitter cherry balanced out with mineral and herbal notes. The finish is substantial with tangy acidity, yet buffered with polished tannins that please the palate. Geographic diversity is what Locations - CA is all about. Provided with a wide assortment of microclimates and soil profiles to exploit, it can be a winemakers dream. With a goal in mind to create a blend that showcases the best of the Golden State, we navigated the famed appellations of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and the Sierra Foothills for prized fruit. Once secured, we were able to apply some creativity with the blending compo- nents to ultimately settle on a wine worthy of Locations. Inspired by our international projects, the same philosophy is applied to this third release.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Brand Locations
Alcohol/vol 15.5%
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Wine AdvocateThe least expensive wines in Dave Phinney's mine are his Locations portfolio. I tasted two of them. The NV Proprietary Red CA-4, which is a 15,000-case cuvée, all from 2014. It is a blend from diverse California areas, ranging from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino to the Sierra Foothills, of Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Grenache. This is an outstanding wine, the kind of bistro/brasserie red that consumers will love. Opaque deep ruby/purple, it is loaded with intense wild berry fruit and a Zinfandel-like briariness, offering pepper, herbs, a touch of smoke and loads of black fruits and background oak. This is a big boy at 15.5% alcohol, but it's not the least hot - just savory, luscious and opulent. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

Robert Parker, October 2015

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