NEW! Field Recordings 'Wonderwall' Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, California 2016

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NEW! Field Recordings 'Wonderwall' Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, California 2016

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‘Field Recordings’ is the project of Andrew Jones, who has spent most of his career planning and planting vineyards for other people, but decided to go it alone in 2007 and make his own wines. He doesn’t own any vineyards, but buys fruit from those with whom he forged friendships and relationships over the years and who now give him access to the best parcels, especially lesser-known plots with enormous potential. He has called his venture ‘Field Recordings’, in reference to those quirky souls who stand in fields holding microphones to make audio recordings of nature (cattle lowing, horses grazing, Theresa May running through a field of wheat) in a bid to document without interfering, which is Andrew’s ethos when it comes to wine-making. He is cataloguing a vinous soundscape of the Central Coast’s vineyards. Or if you have an allergy for analogy, he’s just fermenting some grape juice.

We were blown away by his ‘Wonderwall’ Pinot Noir 2016, which comes from what Andrew describes as “an extreme coastal location” deliberately avoiding precision to prevent a gold rush. Its aromas are glorious, leaning towards purple-skinned fruits (black cherries, blueberries, blackcurrant and damson) sweetened by a distinctive burst of chopped strawberries, before reeling in exotic notes of cola, violets, black tea and cinnamon. The palate is vital, juicy and fresh, with a fruity succulence that you might find in a Central Otago Pinot Noir, but held in a lighter frame. Details of the winemaking techniques are sketchy at best (Andrew keeps his cards close to his chest), but you get the sense of some whole bunch influence here as well as the lightest suggestion of new oak. The label shows a picture of Teddy Roosevelt. Again, no explanation offered. 12.9% alc. Drink now-2022.


Press review:

Decanter: "A fresh nose of raspberry, strawberry and cherry leads into a bright and zesty palate, aromatic and elegant, with subtle oak notes. It has refreshing acidity and a refined structure, yet displays exuberance and flair on the long finish." 91 points

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