Wine Review: Locations TX 6, Texas Red Wine NV

locationsWine should not be about fruit alone. Some winemakers go fruit crazy, often ignoring all the other aromas that can grab our attention and make us wonder how grapes can do that. So I immediately fell in love with this wine because of the distinctive aroma.

TX 6 is made by Dave Phinney, founder of Orrin Swift Winery and creator of “The Prisoner”, one of the best known wine brands in the U.S. Phinney’s recent project, Locations, is built around the idea of buying fruit from the best vineyard locations in a particular region and blending wines that represent the region’s distinctive character. For TX 6, Phinney has partnered with Kim McPherson of the legendary McPherson Cellars in Lubbock, Texas to make this blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Carignan and a small quantity of Bordeaux varietals.

If you’re surprised to see a world class winemaker working with Texas fruit, don’t be. I recently returned from three weeks of tasting in Texas, and the region has enormous potential that has matured enough for the rest of the world to take note.

On this intriguing, distinctive nose, a meaty, salami-like aroma plays well with herbal and black pepper notes in support of red plum. The palate is juicy and round right from the git go with surging acidity at midpalate giving the wine lift. Sleek tannins emerge slowly but firm up nicely lengthening the finish that shows good fruit power throughout. From plush beginnings the wine develops backbone and verve yet never loses its sweet disposition. It sees only neutral oak and is untainted by overt wood. A well crafted wine and and a good value.

Irresistibly charming but insouciant and roguish, it has the same beguiling quirkiness as Lily Allen’s Not Big

Score: 90

Price: $24.99 (Purchase Here)

Alc: 14.2%

Review based on an industry sample.

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