By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2016 | Send Email
Dave Phinney can’t miss. He is the winemaker equivalent of giving Gretzky an open net to shoot on, or leaving Steph Curry wide open at the 3-point line with nobody closing out on him. Automatic. First building a wine that launched a brand which became an empire with The Prisoner he has made bombastic, full throttle, bigger is better wines for well over a decade. Just get a load of some of the wines he’s created: Papillon, Abstract, Mannequin, Saldo, Palermo, The Cuttings and Machete, and those are just the brands he started under his own labels, he makes plenty of other well-known wines as a consultant. The Machete in 2014, hot off its previous vintages Top 100 Wine Spectator award, is based as always in Peite Syrah with portions of Syrah and Grenache. Bold, teeth staining and large-scoped this is pure Dave. With massive bass toned fruit aspects, sweet tinged oak toast and glycerin-like texture this is exactly what his followers have loved about his wines for years. You know who you are.