NEW! Field Recordings 'Wonderwall' Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, California 2017

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NEW! Field Recordings 'Wonderwall' Pinot Noir, Edna Valley, California 2017

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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, wheat swaying, Theresa May running about) 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 analogies, he’s just fermenting some grape juice.

We were blown away by his ‘Wonderwall’ Pinot Noir 2016 and the 2017 is every bit as wonderwallaful! It comes from what Andrew describes as “an extreme coastal location” deliberately avoiding precision to prevent a gold rush. Its aromas are glorious, suggesting chopped strawberries, kola, loose jasmine tea and cinnamon. The palate is vital, juicy and fresh, with a sweet, fruity succulence. 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 bears the image of the Bennett Sisters, female boxing champions from Brooklyn in the early 20th century. In an article published in 1913, the sisters were described as “pretty and perfectly formed girls giving remarkable exhibitions in the art of boxing, fencing, and wrestling. There is the charm of youth, a girlish grace and a refreshing daintiness in their performance, despite its character, which suggest the work of well-trained athletes. The Bennett Sisters are splendid specimens of womanhood and prove the advantages gained by physical culture exploits.” No explanation is offered. 12.9% alc. Drink now-2022.

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