Orin Swift “Locations E-1″, 2011 SpainOctober 6, 2012
Okay, kiddos. This post comes to you today from a sunny, beautiful Columbia, SC- AKA the Center of the College Football Universe.
Most of you that live in Columbia will probably not even read this until tomorrow, at the soonest. Because your life has, of course, been put on pause until the conclusion of the USC-UGA game this evening. I get it. But I am for want of things to do this afternoon, as I am not one of those individuals who gets Football Fever. I occasionally like install shock and fear in folks around here by telling them there is no such thing as College football in New England. Horrifying, yes; but 100% true. It’s like telling them there’s no Santa Claus. In any case, I do have a vested interest in seeing the Cocks win tonight. Mostly because I hate hearing my coworkers whine and pout if they lose. That and I find most Georgia fans I’ve encountered to be a bit abrasive. (sorry, Lane. not you.). But Bulldogs are cute. That’s all I got.
So let us move on to a topic that can unite even one of?? the biggest rivalries in the SEC- WINE! (we are in the SEC, right? I don’t really know. I just remember someone saying “welcome to the SEC, Missouri.” or maybe it was Kentucky. Like I said, I don’t care about this stuff). I’ll stick to what I like, which is WINE!! Especially brand-new wine from Orin Swift winemaker Dave Phinney!
Direct and to the point, the large capital letter E announces this wine’s company. Functional, non-glamorous, yet appealing to the eye; I like it. It reminds me of those bumperstickers that people put on their cars with the insider abbreviations for particular vacation spots. For some reason, I like this bottle, yet I hate those stickers. Like, if YOU were cool enough, YOU’D know what OBX stood for, and you’d go there! But we won’t dwell on that.
Locations is a blend of three grapes from three of the most prominent growing regions in Spain; Grenache from Priorat, Tempranillo from Rioja, and Carignan from Ribera del Duero. Despite some Googling, I can’t seem to find a breakdown of percentages. I doubt it’s an even three way split, but stranger things have happened. Now, I am a total slut for Spanish wine. If I had to choose one country’s wine to drink for the rest of my life, it’d be Spain. I would shed a tear for Rose from Southern France, but I’d get over it. So maybe I’m predisposed to liking this wine, in which case I’m biased. But I also have good taste, so you’ll have to take a gamble if you believe me when I tell you this wine is DELICIOUS. It’s one of those wines I like to call “a drinker.”
Yes, all wines are drinkers, technically. But the ones I call official “drinkers” have to have a specific characteristic- they have to leave your mouth feeling lighter OR as light as it was when you started drinking it. In other words, it can’t weigh you down. It can’t coat your mouth. All you should feel after you sip it is a pleasant little tingle, AKA a lightening sensation. Often it can make you want to smack your tongue against the roof of your mouth. We could also call this the correct amount of acid, if we wanted to be technical.
But let’s get back to how it tastes, before I get too wordy. I’ve actually consumed about a glass of this while writing. So I’m an expert. A very ripe and luscious nose of blackberry, black cherry, plums, blackberry liqueur, a hint of fresh sage and maybe juniper arrive in your olfactory glands ceremoniously. The palate, as I said before, is zesty and bright with nice acid and a good balance of fruit. Savory, robust and lip smackin’. Structured, with a nice weight and again- very drinkable. As is evidenced by me crushing a glass while sitting around at 2 in the afternoon.
In closing, I would say this; remember that this is a Spanish wine in addition to it being an Orin Swift wine. For me, it is a nice venture into Spain from winemaker Dave Phinney- it IS an Orin Swift wine, because I (as should you) would have 100% confidence in buying it untasted, as I would know I’d be getting high quality wine, with precise, experienced and focused winemaking. But these be Spanish grapes, not ‘Merican. So if you buy it thinking it’s going to taste like The Prisoner, it won’t. But you SHOULD buy it because it’s GOOD and because you love wine. Also? It’s only $22! That’s a major win for this wine, and I’m really glad to see such a friendly price-tag on it. A touch over your everyday price, but not so much that you’ll want to hoard it and feel bad for opening it.
Now here’s the kicker- this wine is in somewhat limited supply. So I’d suggest stopping in and grabbing a bottle sooner rather than later. Or, if you’re a transplant like me, come in tonight and have a glass- because in all likelihood, it will only be on by-the-glass until Tuesday of next week, the 9th.
***Also!! A special announcement for SPANISH WINE-LOVERS, if you’ve made it this far, about a way-awesome tasting we have Wednesday, October 10th from 5-7!! Four brand-new Spanish reds from Well-Oiled Wine Company! I was literally blown to pieces over these wines, and the PRICES are stunning. None of them retail for more than $15. And they’re all kick-ass. Absolutely fantastic. We’ll be trying the Pieza “El Coll” Garnacha, Gran Familia Rioja, Anciano 5 Year Tempranillo, and LAN Crianza Rioja. I’m trying to talk Ricky into making some Spanish-style food to go along with them, too! Put it on that calendar!
And okay, fine- after a glass of wine, I can say it- GO COCKS!!!