“The Prisoner” Founder’s New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Robert Parker is not one to issue challenges to his readers. He made an exception after first tasting David Phinney’s Locations label. “If there are better wines for under $20 a bottle in the world today, please share that information with the Wine Advocate,” he wrote in an unprecedented moment of shock and awe. To this day, there’s been no follow up challenger. Dave Phinney’s “Midas touch” — best known for his runaway success with “The Prisoner” — remains unrivaled as Parker’s “value winemaker of the year” candidate. Seven times in the last 11 years, Phinney’s authored wines that ranked in the Wine Spectator Top 100. This latest Locations incarnation finds the maverick mastermind devoting his immense skill set to New Zealand’s coveted Marlborough region, where he coaxes every speck of nuance possible from its near-sacred Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The result is a spectacular white from Phinney — Locations NZ7 Sauvignon Blanc — that needs no deal-sweetening, but we’re giving you one anyway: $14.99 per bottle or 32% off the release price. Strongly recommended by the case.
We’ve gleefully followed Phinney’s Locations-inspired globetrotting wherever his winemaking muse has led, from the schist-strewn soils of Maury in the south of France to the fog-shrouded hills of Italy. And now the viticultural maestro has zeroed in on Sauvignon Blanc fruit from Marlborough’s coveted Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley, and Waihopai Valley subregions. His exquisite hand extracts the trio’s characteristic calling cards and deftly melds them into a rich, pure expression of the region’s world-class terroir.
If you’re not already among Wine Access’ network of Phinny fanatics, consider this wine your invitation to join.