Friday Tasting: Field Recordings, Brooks, and Frequency – 7/14/17

Join us Friday, July 14th, 5-8pm, for a FREE wine tasting!

We’ll be talking about some smaller producers in Santa Ynez, the Willamette Valley, and Santa Barbara County this week.

Field Recordings 2014 Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley: Winemaker Andrew Jones is a vine nursery man, planning and planting vineyards all over California. On the side, he acquires fruit from some of his favorite vineyards to produce Field Recordings. His 2014 Chenin Blanc comes from Jurassic Park Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, planted in 1978. Aged completely in Acacia barrels, this wine shows aromas of Asian pear, lemon zest, and some yeast elements. The palate offers Meyer lemon, cardamom spice, and fresh spruce tips. Pair with blackened cod or spicy tuna salad.

Brooks “Runaway Red” 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir: The name of this wine refers to Jimi Brooks’s first harvest, when a single barrel rolled off the rack and down the dark hillside, plunging into a creek. The barrel was later found, almost miraculously, completely intact, lodged between the shoulders of the creek. Thus, each year, the Brooks pay homage to that first dumb luck by releasing a tributary wine. The 2015 Runaway Red is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards mostly in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. Fermented using only native yeast and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. The nose explodes with bright cherry, rhubarb, cranberry, and pomegranate, followed by fresh thyme and white mushrooms. The Palate is juicy with notes of red plum, cherry, more rhubarb, and cola. Zippy acidity and dried herbs in the finish. This wine is ultimately quenching next to a cheeseburger.

Frequency 2014 GSM, Santa Barbara County: Located in Los Alamos, Frequency wines focuses on Rhône varietals grown around Santa Barbara County.  Their 2014 GSM consists of 50% Grenache from Santa Ynez, plus 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre from the cooler Los Alamos area. The wine is wonderfully quaffable: mid-weight body, balanced acidity, offering generous fruit and floral aromas from the Grenache, and slightly spicy and earthy notes from the Syrah and Mourvèdre. Pair with lamb chops, firm cheeses, and grilled vegetables.

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