Locations Wines P4: Portugal!

28 Feb

P4 Locations Wines by David Phinney, Portuguese Red Wine Blend. 15%ABV, MSRP$18/bottle.

p4-label

Color is deep ruby with warm purple edges. The nose is a touch hot, hiding rich dark fruit beneath the alcohol that requires a moment to dissipate. On the palate, black plum, black and blue berries, green vegetation, and a hint of bitter herb on the back palate. Strong tannins and acidity deliver a solid finish with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, gravel, and chalk.

The flavors are dark and deeply concentrated, evoking images of ancient, gnarled rootstock, and powerful sun beating down on small fruit hanging from low vines carefully strung across a steep hillside.

A beautiful palate cleanser, my initial thought was that this wine begs for petiscos, fresh fish and the warm climate of home, being a blend of touriga franca, touring nacional, and trincadeira grapes. But it is still winter in NYC, so I opened this bottle and enjoyed a glass with grilled chicken and broccoli, and was more that satisfied. Two days later with my in-laws, it paired beautifully with winter meat loaf, potatoes and salad. And once again, my brother-in-law and I just enjoyed this wine so evenly! Not to be outdone, on day four it matched a vegetarian dinner of kale salad and baked onion pie. While compiling my notes, the final sips paired beautifully again with baked gorgonzola bites and then perfectly with a single piece of dark chocolate.

 

p4-with-glass

 

 

I keep wondering if I will open a bottle of Locations and not be impressed. Dave Phinney seems to be the Derek Jeter of wine: always on top of his game, rock solid in his delivery, and seemingly never out of surprises.

More Locations Wines to come. Stay tuned!

 

à votre santé!

 

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4 Responses to “Locations Wines P4: Portugal!”

  1. Michelle Williams February 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Interesting! Why have I never had this wine? It seems he is releasing many more and I am missing out. Thanks for the review. Cheers!

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  2. Jill Barth February 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    I just tried my second in this collection… F. I looked into it after I purchased Corse for our recent Corsica Winophiles. I didn’t realize there was a P…

    Looking forward to trying more. Cheers!

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    • Mark Feinberg February 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi Jill: The Locations portfolio consists of 12 wines – F (France) Red Blend, F Rose, E (Spain) Red Blend, AR (Argentina) Red Blend, I (Italy) Red Blend, CA (California) Red Blend, CA White Blend, TX (Texas) Red Blend, WA (Washington) Red Blend, OR (Oregon) Red Blend, and Corse (Corsican Vermentino).

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      • Jill Barth February 28, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

        Great selection, I’m excited to see the range. Of course I was impressed with Corsica, which is a unique (relatively rare) position. Pretty cool to see TX represented… Lots to try!

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