Fine Wine Source Wine

February 2020

Field Recordings: Field Recordings is winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalog of the people and places he values most. Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldsman planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, Andrew is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or underappreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards. The Field Recordings wines are a catalog of single vineyard sites that produce wines with a sense of place and personality. Jones, who graduated from Cal Poly with a major in AG business and a minor in Viticulture, first forayed into winemaking in 2007, when he got his hands on some Chenin Blanc from Firestone’s Jurassic Park vineyard. Soon after, he made a Paso Robles field blend as part of a retirement project for his mentor in the nursery business. In addition to the single vineyard wines, multi-vineyard blends are put together under the Wonderwall, Alloy Wine Works and FICTION labels. Jones’ explorations don’t end with esoteric varietals, unique blends, and playful partnerships. He’s now experimenting with canning his wine rather than bottling it — something only a couple of other wineries nationwide are doing. “I like what the craft beer guys are doing in cans,” Jones explained. “It’s super economical, and by textbook, it should be a better storage vessel than a bottle, because there’s no light transferred. I want them to buy into the idea that cans actually are practical and useful as a wine container.”

Caloroso Red Blend: The Caloroso Red Blend is produced with grapes sourced from the Guglielmo Giovanni Vineyard from the Central Coast appellation of Paso Robles. The grapes are 85% destemmed, 15% air dried for 21 days, with open top fermentation. The wine is then aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 40% new oak.

Varietals: 60% Corvina, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Rodinella

Alcohol: 12.1%

Tasting Notes: Kirsch cherry and rose petals on the nose with a deep red garnet color in the glass lead to cherry chocolate and licorice with a hint of orange peel on the palate.

Food Pairings: This Red Blend is an ideal wine pairing with cheeses and charcuterie. Flank steak with roasted vegetables, a savory stew, or lamb chops would be great options for pairing with the Caloroso.

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Old World meets New World; great weight with an elegant, classy finish. Best served with pork or lamb.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2016 Barter & Trade Cabernet Sauvignon. This Washington State Wine from The Columbia Valley is the 3rd Edition of Andrew Jones’ foray into the vineyards of the Pacific Northwest. 98% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Syrah aged in 50% New & 50% Seasoned French Oak barrels combine to make this a stunning balance of terroir, fruit, tannins, and acidity. Made for the cellar, destined for the glass…Wine Club Member Price $24.99

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