Wine Enthusiast 91
"Hot aromas of raisin and cassis open this nonvintage blend, while on the palate this is fleshy, tannic and hammers away with tartaric burn. Raisin, blackened oak and peppery blackness define the flavor profile, which is backed by a full-powered finish with syrupy weight. E. & J. Gallo."
"An immediate aromatic mélange of dark plums, ripe briar fruits, rich soil, and fir trees present themselves on the nose —in essence, a high mountain cooking pit of smoked fruit. On the palate, similar dark fruits carry through and are complemented by flavors of dried fruit, fig compote and marmalade. Textured on the finish, a long chain of tannins lingers for what seems to be endless with a hint of fresh tartness. Blend: Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon."-Winemaker's Notes
"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."-Winery Notes
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"The wines of Dave Phinney capture the imagination in a way unlike almost any we know of in today's competitive wine market. They are unapologetically full-flavored and intense, yet with a backbone of structure that beautifully holds it all in place. Department 66 is a passion project of Dave's born out of an inspiring visit to the village of Maury in the Rousillon, which falls within France's 66th department. Dave discovered, in his words, "perhaps the most amazing confluence of vineyards I've ever been exposed to." He spent days driving around with his jaw agape, stunned by the raw beauty of this truly unique place. The terrain is dominated by black schist with small deposits of Granite and Limestone in red rocky soils known as Angile. From it, Dave Phinney and his crew craft three wines: the dark and concentrated D66 made of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan; the aromatic, opulent and layered Fragile Rosé; and a new release known as Others, which is a rich, intense wine that introduces old vine Mourvedre to the blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. In recent years, Dave has built a winery in Maury and ammassed over 300 acres of vineyards, many of which are 60-100 years in vine age. Maury is not a second home to the Phinney family, but rather their "other home" as its place in their hearts and minds is second to none."