“The Prisoner” Winemaker Comes Home to California
Dave Phinney is best known for his runaway success with “The Prisoner.” Seven times in the last 11 years, he’s authored wines that ranked in the Wine Spectator Top 100. In 2012, the always-inventive winemaker took his “Prisoner” road show to Italy and France, and then to California. Robert Parker, who called Phinney “my ‘value winemaker of the year’ candidate,” raved about this Locations CA4: “This is an outstanding wine.” We agree. Don’t miss out.
It’s not often that Parker issues a challenge to his readers, but after tasting Phinney’s Locations blends, The Wine Advocate founder wrote: “If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with The Wine Advocate.” Parker called the Locations CA4 “loaded with intense wild berry fruit and a Zinfandel-like briariness,” and “a big boy at 15.5% alcohol, but it’s not the least hot – just savory, luscious and opulent.”
After being bowled over by “The Prisoner,” we’ve followed Phinney to inspired Locations around the world, to the schist-strewn soils of Maury in the south of France and the fog-shrouded hills of Italy. This Locations CA4 finds Phinney returning to his original stomping grounds, with this extravagant black-fruit blend drawn from old-vine Petite Sirah, doused with an ultra-concentrated mix of Tempranillo, Barbera, Syrah, and Grenache. In this Location, we stand on the same ground as Parker — this magnificently juicy red blend is also one of our all-time favorites.