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.


91 points from Wine Spectator for the 2013 Locus Red

numer-91The 2013 Locus Red got a 91 point rating from Wine Spectator in its most recent issue (dated March 31, 2016). The ratings, which can also be found online at, calls the wine “Bright and tangy, with a certain density to the lively raspberry, rhubarb and plum flavors as they dance with refined tannins on the finish. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2021. 123 cases made.- HS”

The 2013 Locus Red ($25/bottle) was not the only wine that got favorable consideration from the respected wine portal. The 2012 Locus Syrah and the recently released (and flying off the shelves) 2014 Locus Modo Red also got nods.

The 2012 Locus Syrah, Wahluke Slope, StoneTree Vineyard ($25/bottle) was rated at 89 points: “Broad and generous, with a dusty edge to the blackberry and black cherry flavors. Fine-grained tannins are deployed around the persistent finish. Best after 2017. 175 cases made.- HS

The 2014 Locus Modo Red ($15/bottle) got a 88 points: “Soft and ripe, with generous red and blackberry flavors, finishing with a refreshing lilt. Merlot, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2019. 623 cases made. – HS