“The Prisoner” Founder Dave Phinney’s Exciting New Release
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.” To this day, we’ve yet to see the follow up. Hence, there may not be a better wine for under $20 (at least in Robert Parker’s worldview). Dave Phinney, the winemaker Robert Parker praises as having the “Midas touch” 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. By now, Wine Access clients are no strangers to Parker’s “‘value winemaker of the year’ candidate,” and his truly mesmerizing, rich, opulent Locations wines. Phinney’s brand new release is Locations CA5, which boasts generously concentrated red-berry fruit with all the opulence of back-to-back near-perfect vintages in California. At $19.99 per bottle, this is another cellar-stuffer from Phinney.
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 CA5 — from Phinney’s beloved California — is another extravagant black-fruited blend drawn from ancient-vine Petite Sirah, layered with superbly-concentrated mix of Tempranillo, Barbera, Syrah, and Grenache. Again, this Locations is a magnificently juicy red blend and one of our all-time favorites.