David Phinney TX Locations
The David Phinney TX Locations has a reddish brown color with a medium stain. Moderate aromas of prune, plum, and raspberry with a touch of dusty, earthy terroir aromas. The nose on the TX Locations reminds me of hotter climate Spainish wine.
On the palate, the TX Locations has a medium-plus bodied mouthfeel that is packed with complexity. Subtle prune and raisin on the front of the palate with cedar wood chippy-ness on the mid palate. The wine has high acidity that adds to the heat from the 14.5% alcohol, but the wine still has a clean mineral finish that keeps it somewhat balanced. This wine could stand to decant for an hour before drinking.
This was my first wine from Texas and was a great experience. Blindly, I guessed Priorat Spain. The TX Locations has a very old world appearance and nose, but the palate is more new world in style, giving this wine quite a character. If you get a chance to get your hands on a bottle of wine, I highly recommend you do so. Super cool and I am excited for things to come in the Texas wine world. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Review – 89 points
No other reviews found in 2017
The Break Down
Wine Selection – TX4 Locations
Producer – David Phinney http://www.locationswine.com/product/texas-red-wine/
Varietal – Blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan, and assorted Bordeaux varietals
Region – Texas, USA
Alcohol – 14.5%
Food Paring – Duck, lamb, pork belly, steak, beef stew, or try this steak recipe by Ashleigh Tansey: http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/10/14/mushroom-red-wine-reduction-steak/
What are the Locations wines by David Phinney?
I am sure that if y0u are reading this and are already a bit vested in wine, then you have seen Locations bottles at your local wine shop. You may not have known what they where but you have at least seen them. They are dark bottles with bright white, oval decals that have one or two letters printed largely on the label’s center. They are kinda like the travel stickers that people place on their cars to signify where in the world they have traveled. (OBX, anyone?)
Locations wines are creations by highly acclaimed and well respected winemaker, David Phinney. Dave Phinney’s goal is to collect the best grapes from a particular area that both represent and exemplify the wine of that location. He then marks that bottle with that locations initials. So France would be F, Spain is E (Espagne), Italy is I, California is CA, Texas (TX), Washington (WA), Argentina (AR), and… you get the point.
These wines are of phenomenal value to someone just getting into wine. Each bottle is a portal into a different location that you can sort of drink yourself into. Drinking Locations also gives you an opportunity to taste very high quality wines at a rather low cost. Location wines are generally between $18-$30 and they are worth every penny spent. Robert Parker from Wine Advocate is quoted as saying,
“As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate. If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with the Wine Advocate.”
I highly suggest you grab a few Locations and please, share your journey with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We love to hear from you. Cheers ! Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier.
From the Winemaker
With the overwhelming success of the inaugural release, we have again partnered with McPherson Cellars, one of the oldest winemaking families in Texas, to bring you the second release of this exciting blend. Again, we have chosen to showcase the Rhône varieties Texas has been making a name for as of late. Lost Draw Vineyards, located within the Texas High Plains AVA, is a premier site in Texas with red clay and sandy soils, planted to the warm-cli- mate varieties of France and Spain. Texas may be relatively new to America’s longstanding winemaking history, but the quality of farming and fruit from this vineyard promise quality examples of Texas terroir for years to come.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
A beautiful dusty plum hue sits in the glass with bursting aromas of black plum and raspberries, floral notes of lilac and rose complemented by hints of cedar, black tea and slate. On the palate, flavors of red fruits, cranberries, grapefruit and cherry cola sync with a bright and fresh acidity—a lively finish that lingers. http://www.locationswine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/TechSheet-Locations-TX4-2.pdf