A blend of Grenache from the Roussillon, Syrah from the Rhone and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Bordeaux, France. Yes, that’s right, the Roussillon, Rhone and Bordeaux all in one bottle. The wine spends 10 months in French barrique.
The Locations F French Wine has an SRP of $19 and is available for as low as $14. Imported by Locations Wines. Sample submitted for review.
From the winemaker:
Seeking a true representation and sense of place is what inspires us at Locations. Much of our time is spent in the vineyard, analyzing each block and making adjustments to farming based on the vines needs. Attention to detail is fundamental in our quest to make the finest blend possible. For the fourth release of “F”, we have again incorporated some of the best Regions in France, drawing upon our network of growers from Rhone, Roussillon, and Bordeaux. Our commitment to quality and our hands-on approach has enabled us to secure fruit from some exceptional old vine blocks located in revered sub-appellations of this great country. With some history of production now under our belt, we’ve had time to nurture our relationships with our growers while introducing new sites which we’re excited about. It is our constant quest to be better each year that drives us to over deliver, which we believe we have achieved with this wine.
As we saw when we were recently delighted by the E-4 Spanish Wine, Dave Phinney takes a unique approach with his Locations Wines. He blends grapes from all over a country, usually in unconventional ways, to create unique wines that taste great. We previously reviewed the F-2 (two vintages ago) and enjoyed it very much so today we go back to the latest version of the French wine, the F-4.
The Locations F French Wine by Dave Phinney begins with a deep, complex and wonderfully enticing aroma of plum, blackcurrants, black cherry, licorice, violets and baking spice. Tasting reveals loads of juicy fruit, good acidity and a smooth, almost creamy texture. In addition to the fruit you’ll also find plenty of cola, licorice and oak notes along with hints of black tea, dark chocolate and tobacco that lead into the dry, very long finish. Another fantastic effort from Locations Wines.
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