Locations is Orin Swift’s second label, dedicated to making playful and eclectic wines from different locations in the world.
Note: the E2 is no longer in stock, but the Locations E3 is!
Anyone who’s followed the wines of Dave Phinney for any time knows he gets the most out of every region he produces wine from. This is another wonderful success story from one of the greatest and most courageous winemakers on the planet. The name “Locations” refers to a select country and the grape varieties grown in specific regions. E2 refers to “España.”
The E2, their second Spanish production, draws inspiration from Spain’s great regions – Priorat, Jumilla, Toro, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero – in a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Monastrell, and Cariñena sourced from premium vineyards and aged for ten months in barrel.
An alluring cast of blooming crimson and deep red shades are immediately present in the glass. Complimenting the appearance is an impressive intensity on the nose with elevated dark cherry and exotic spice notes. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral, and plum flavors, complimented with bright acidity. The finish is expansive and pleasing with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins.
93 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
I reviewed these Locations offerings from Dave Phinney of Orin-Swift Cellars last year, who is going against all conventional wisdom of vineyard and vintage dating wines. Terroirists will claim the devil has possessed Phinney, as his offerings from France, Italy and Spain are all blends from different sectors of each country. If you judge wines on how they taste and the degree of pleasure they offer, they are all incredible efforts. The three new cuvees I tasted are among the finest wine values one could hope to find. Moreover, there are 50,000 cases of each, no easy feat given the grapes Phinney has accessed and the quality he has turned out. As of now, Dave Phinney might be my “value winemaker of the year” candidate…These are all remarkable efforts. Kudos to Dave Phinney!