2018-C Field Recordings PETS Red Blend, Santa Barbara County, California (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This wine is a dark plum color with a purple rim. It entices the nose with rich aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and a hint of cedar. The flavors are of dark fruit, dark plum, boysenberry and chocolate-dipped blackberry, with a long languid finish. This rich and satisfying wine is perfect for getting cozy on a cold winter night.
A native of Ventura, California, Andrew Jones was playing football at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo when he started working in a vineyard nursery. He went on to graduate with a major in Agriculture Business and a minor in Viticulture which led to working for a grapevine nursery based in Bakersfield. His job as a vine nursery fieldman took him all over California planning and planting vineyards with grape growers and winemakers. Thanks to the relationships he has built along the way, he is often offered some of the best grapes from the sites he has helped form. He made his first wine in 2007 and started Field Recordings, his first label of wines that are his "expression of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met." Andrew spends the majority of his time on the Central Coast and says he has stood in nearly every vineyard in the region, so he knows where to find all the hidden gems and relishes coaxing "soulful" wines from under-appreciated areas.
In addition to the Field Recordings single vineyard wines, multi-vineyard blends are put together under the Wonderwall, Alloy Wine Works and FICTION labels. Field Recordings specifically represents an attempt to produce single-vineyard wines with a sense of place and personality. “These bottles are good enough to save for a special occasion…but we’re a laidback crew, so don’t feel bad about putting one back on a Tuesday night.” - Andrew Jones.
The 2018 PETS is comprised of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Primitivo from the North Fork, Rancho Vistadores, Shell Creek and Kerman Hill vineyards, and was aged for 10 Months in American Oak (35% new). In this respect, it actually is a departure from the typical single vineyard approach for Field Recordings, but we love the result and forgive the trespass ;>).