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Locations by Dave Phinney CA-4 (1.5 Liter Magnum)

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1500ML / 15.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Veiled in dark ruby red, the wine bursts with a tempting perfume of red and black fruits, dried rose petals, and a peppery note which offers some lift. Dense and ripe upon the first pass, it evolves into a savory compote of raspberry, kirsch, and bitter cherry balanced out with mineral and herbal notes. The finish is substantial with tangy acidity, yet buffered with polished tannins that please the palate.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Dave Phinney has a history of producing powerful red wines and the Locations CA 4 is no exception. This wine comes across with ripe black fruits, lavish oak, and savory spices. Its complexities pair it well with a triple crème blue-veined cheese. (Tasted: April 14, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The least expensive wines in Dave Phinney's mine are his Locations portfolio. I tasted two of them. The NV Proprietary Red CA-4, which is a 15,000-case cuvee, all from 2014. It is a blend from diverse California areas, ranging from Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino to the Sierra Foothills, of Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Grenache. This is an outstanding wine, the kind of bistro/brasserie red that consumers will love. Opaque deep ruby/purple, it is loaded with intense wild berry fruit and a Zinfandel-like briariness, offering pepper, herbs, a touch of smoke and loads of black fruits and background oak. This is a big boy at 15.5% alcohol, but it's not the least hot – just savory, luscious and opulent. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
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Locations by Dave Phinney, Spain
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Dave Phinney's newest project "Locations," is independent from his previous ventures. Locations arose from the idea that there is great wine all over the world, which sometimes gets lost because the appellation rules are confusing and old fashioned. In similar fashion to his previous successes, Dave strives to make the best wine possible. Locations present us with well-crafted wines made from vineyards across their respective countries that demonstrate that a commitment to excellent fruit and gentle winemaking techniques can make a product that is just as good as any terroir-driven wine.
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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties, covering nearly double the vineyard acreage of whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns as king.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while old, gnarly Zinfandel vines survived Prohibition.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and remain active frontiers for newer varieties, namely Rhône and Spanish.

The cool Anderson Valley in California’s North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

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