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 winemaker’s dream. With a goal in mind to create a blend that showcases the best of the Golden State, Phinney navigated the famed appellations of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and the Sierra Foothills for prized fruit. Once secured, they were able to apply some creativity to the blending components to ultimately settle on a wine worthy of Locations. Inspired by their international projects, the same philosophy is applied to this third release. Locations CA is a blend of Petite Sirah, Barbera, Tempranillo, Syrah, and Grenache. “If you like big, rich reds with lots of dried-fruit and bark character, then this is for you. Full body. Chewy tannins. More like a dry port, but I like its historical sensibility. A blend of petite sirah, barbera, tempranillo, syrah, and grenache.”–90pts James Suckling.
The interplay of provenance, artistry, freedom, and creativity is what inspires Locations. Much like generations of craftsmen before them, they were intent to capture the nobility of Spain through its geographic diversity. Locations E (Espana) incorporates fruit with Mediterranean and Continental influences sourced from five regions in particular: Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero. Old vines, low yields, and a palate attuned to excellence, work in harmony and enable us to reach our goal of producing a great wine, from the best locations in the world. “Aromas of sweet strawberries with citrus and oral undertones, as well as blueberries and hot stones. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and a avorful, lightly austere nish. This shows tone and texture. A blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell and Carinena.” 92pts James Suckling.
Seeking a true representation and sense of place is what inspires the folks at Locations. This release of Locations F they incorporated some of the best regions in France, drawing upon their network of growers from Rhone, Roussillon, and Bordeaux. The Locations F is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and assorted Bordeaux varietals. “Lots of dried-berry and stone character to this blend. Plenty of berries and spices at the finish. A delicious, succulent wine with savory sensibility.” 92pts James Suckling.
With over 2000 indigenous grape varieties to select and compose a blend, an exhaustive search was undertaken to pay homage to this historic region. Maintaining the integrity of the land was paramount while simultaneously considering the result of a dynamic and innovative wine. Powerful and rich fruit from Puglia (Torricella and Manduria) serves as the base with a lively vein of acidity from Barbera (Alba) that stabilizes things in just the right way. The Locations I (Italy) is a blend of Negroamaro and Nero d’Avola from the Southern region of Puglia combined with Barbera from Piemonte in the North. “The black-olive, blueberry and blackberry character, combined with stone and orange peel is very attractive. Full to medium body. Solid core of fruit and a flavorful, zesty finish” 92 Points James Suckling.
Marietta OVR Red$18.00
Old Vine Red is a proprietary red wine made to replicate the field blends of many of the old vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Predominantly comprised of Zinfandel, Old Vine Red combines pure fruit, a supple mouth feel and a rich, solid structure. A groundbreaking combination of varietals and multiple vintages first produced in 1982, this wine has blazed the path for red blends for decades. With a historic underground following, it is one of the longest lasting and best known red blends produced today Nor only is it a blend of varietals, it is also a blend of vintages – 2017, 2016, and 2015.
“The Lot 69 Old Vine Red is deep ruby-colored and has terrific fruit, lots of spice and graphite nuances, medium body, and shocking purity and texture for a wine at this price point (from California, anyway). It has tons to love and is a little gem to drink over the coming year or two. 90 Points ” — Jeb Dunnuck,
Mutt Lynch 2017 HellHound$25.00
Hellhound…a supernatural dog, mythical in nature, jet black and red with piercing yellow eyes, the guardian of the gates of hell. Legend has it that seeing a hellhound or hearing its howl is ominous. Stare into its eyes three times and death awaits. Just think of what will happen when you drink a glass of Mutt Lynch HellHound. Dark and violent, it is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in Bourbon barrels. Certainly not for the faint of heart. This noble beast opens to aromas of toasty oak and blackberries. On the palate you’ll find notes of blackberries, cherries, tobacco and leather. The 2017 HellHound is full-bodied, with silky tannins and a nice finish. Available now for a great taste but will also age well. We’re at the mercy of this beauty of a beast. It’s big, bold and very tempting. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? The obvious pairing is something from the grill–steak or even a great burger. But…a great pasta with sausage also comes to mind.
Mutt Lynch Charbono 2015, Frediani Vineyard, Napa County, CA USA$27.00
A rare breed indeed – only 118 cases produced! Charbono is a red Italian wine grape variety that has been historically grown in the Savoie wine region of northwest of Italy. California Charbono is planted on less than 100 acres of land in the entire state. Many of the Charbono vines planted are very old, producing a very dense, medium to full bodied wine with a deep, inky purple color and moderate acidity. The Mutt Lynch Charbono 2015, Frediani Vineyard, Napa Valley shows black fruit and plum aromas with delicate leather flavor notes. Charbono – whether you've been a cult follower or are just discovering this unique varietal, you're sure to love this third vintage by Mutt Lynch.
Mutt Lynch MBF Primitivo 2017, Speedy Creek Vineyard, Knights’s Valley$32.00
Mutt Lynch Winery was born in 1995 combining Brenda Lynch’s passion for wine and “all things dog.” The motto for the winery comes from Sark – Apply Dog Logic to Life: Eat Well, Be Loved, Get Petted, Sleep Alot, Dream of a Leash-Free World. Brenda’s first wine was a Zinfandel called Domaine du Bone. The whimisical names and labels continue, but the wine is serious – seriously good! Mutt Lynch Winery is proud to support local and national animal organizations in their tireless efforts to save pets’ lives and continue the efforts of such organizations as Canine Companions for Independence. In communities throughout the country, Mutt Lynch partners with wine shops, restaurants and local animal rescue groups in support of their fundraising efforts. The 2017 Mutt Lynch MBF Primitivo, the ninth vintage of the MBF (Man’s Best Friend) Primitivo, is truly delicious. Primitivo is a close cousin to Zinfandel. Its name derives from the terms primativus or primaticcio, which refer to the grape’s tendency to ripen earlier than other varieties. However, Speedy Creek Vineyard’s hillside location and more extreme growing conditions produce small intensely flavored berries that ripen later in the growing season. Always evocative of the Italian province of Apulia (Puglia), this varietal is legendary (think last supper legendary). In the 2016 expression, you’ll be struck by the beautiful garnet color and nose of black cherries and hint of pepper. It’s smooth on entry, medium-bodied and with a flavor palette of cherries, blackberries and licorice. Light in tannins but well-structured, this is one smooth wine! This wine would pair well with a dry Sonoma Jack, Gouda or Gruyere cheese. For a stellar entrée pairing try it with lamb kabobs. 142 cases produced.
Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert 2018$49.00
Here is is – the second vintage of David Phinney’s 8 Years in the Desert! Working with Zinfandel requires use of the Goldilocks principle – pick it too early and you end up with a stemmy wine; pick it too late and you risk a stuck fermentation; pick it just right – well, what do you think? Zinfandel tends to have more acidity compared to other grapes at the same sugar levels, therefore making it necessary to let them ripen more than usual. As a result, alcohols are rarely seen below 15% – some are much higher. Sourced from vineyards of pedigree, such as Monte Rosso, Bismark, Korte and Frei Ranch, the wine exudes the ethos of 8 Years in the Desert: a heart and body of Zinfandel with nuance and complexity from Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache.
An opaque core with a red amethyst rim, the 8 Years in the Desert 2018 wine opens with ripe raspberry and blackberry, dark plum preserves and hints of black pepper and clove. An entry of heft, the palate is packed with blueberry and sweet black cherry along with a touch of fresh herbs – thyme, savory and tarragon. Long on the finish, the ripe tannins, a dash of ash, and notes of black tea round out the wine.
Owen Roe Abbot’s Table 2017$28.00
The Owen Roe Abbot’s Table 2017 honors the most fundamental form of hospitality through the ages -the meal. The Abbot’s Table traditionally provides an opportunity for fellowship with guests over food and wine. This wine, with its unique varietal diversity, is rich in red fruit notes, with balanced flavors and acidity, exuding charm and texture. It pairs beautifully with many flavors and feasts. The grapes for this wine come from their estate vineyards as well as vineyards farmed by other dedicated families in beautiful eastern Washington State. Reminiscent of the bold Abbot’s Table blends of past vintages, this 2017 bottling is rich and structured. A beautiful garnet red hue is luscious with bursting aromas of black currants, blueberry and cherry. A layer of white pepper spice and tobacco are interlaced with gripping acidity, roasted red pepper and earth notes. This bright red blend is youthful and shows great cellaring potential! The 2017 Abbot’s is beautifully structured with bright acidity and fine mouth-coating tannins. Enjoy this wonderful blend with barbecued pork. 47% Sangiovese, 22% Zinfandel, 19% Blaufrankish, 12% Malbec.
Owen Roe Ex Umbris 2017$29.00
The Owen Roe Ex Umbris was introduced as a one-time bottling in 2002 after a wild fire struck the vineyard’s surrounding hillsides. The residual ash and smoke resonated in the Syrah grapes, creating a very memorable wine. Year after year, they are asked to develop a Syrah to keep the story of this wine alive! Now, more than 10 vintages later, we hope you will enjoy this bold Syrah comprised from several exceptional vineyards in the Columbia and Yakima Valleys. The Ex Umbris 2017 is a great expression of the bold fruit flavors from that year. Bursting with aromas of red plum, blueberry and pink peppercorn. The palate is filled with refreshing flavors of fresh summer blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with noticeably structured acidity and silky tannins.
Owen Roe Yakima Valley Red Wine 2017$32.00
Aged 23 months in 40% new French oak barrels, this signature Owen Roe blend is comprised of 39% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 11% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec. A perfectly balanced profile of spice, blueberry and blackberry, this full-bodied red wine blend displays tremendous aromas of cedar, baking spice and violets. The palate is smooth with lingering soft tannins and hints of pepper. Enjoy now or lay down for 12+ years. This Washington state blend will continue to evolve and benefit from patience.