All Good Things Must Come to an End: An Obit for Some Good, Good Wine

PhototasticCollage-2016-08-17-18-28-15Three Loci down…. The 2013 Locus Red, 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah as well as 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Sémillon are officially gone for good. We should know better than to get attached to something perishable but we couldn’t help it. We loved these wines and while we are happy that we sold out, we are also sad to see them forever gone.

These wines meant the world to us: 2013 Locus Red was critically adored (91 points from Wine Spectator, Best of Show at Minneapolis Food and Wine Experience, Gold at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition among others) and loved by Locus fans.

2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah was our firstborn. Our first release ever. For those who love big and bold Washington Syrahs, it was “the” wine. Four years and many awards later (90 points from Wine Enthusiast, Double Gold from Seattle Wine Awards, 89 points from Wine Spectator), it has finally ridden off to the sunset.

Last but not least, 2014 Locus Sémillon from Dineen Vineyard… Many awards for this one too but too bad it is gone, because as we found out at Locus Wines Summer Party last July, Locus whites get only better and more complex with age.

Thankfully, we still have our other “babies.” 20 or so cases of the exquisite 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah, plus 2014 Modo Red, 2015 Rosé and the Sémillon…. No consolation though. Knowing we have other good wines still available doesn’t mean that the vanishing of these three hurts any less.

 

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast for 2012 Locus Syrah (plus 88 Points for the 2013 Rhone Blend)

90-Points-Wine-EnthusiastThe 2012 Locus StoneTree Vineyard Syrah just got awarded 90 points from Wine Enthusiast (the rating and the review will be published in November issue of the magazine and its online buying guide). According to the Wine Enthusiast wine rating guide, that means 2012 Locus Syrah is “excellent, highly recommended.” What is another word for giddy? It doesn’t sound professional on a website but yes, giddy may be the best word to describe the mood around here.

The 2013 Locus Red, the Rhone-style blend of Syrah and Grenache got awarded 88 points. In the same Wine Enthusiast wine rating speak, that means the wine is “very good, good value and well recommended.”

Both wines had already gotten some accolades earlier this year at Seattle Wine Awards where the 2012 Locus Syrah got the double gold and the 2013 Locus Red got the silver. The 2013 Locus is getting better with time so it should get even better results from competitions and in ratings next year.

Both of these wines as well as the 2014 Locus Dineen Vineyard Semillon, the 2014 Locus Yakima Valley Rosé (and the upcoming 2013 Locus Keller Vineyard Syrah) will be available today, Thursday, August 20th, during the Bottlehouse tasting from 6-8PM.

If you miss out on the tasting today, check out our Events page for upcoming events or the Retailers and Restaurants page to see where you can get some by the glass or by the bottle.