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Wine. That. Transforms.

If you followed this blog for a while, you know that I have a tendency to get excited around wines. May be “overly excited” is even better way to put it. Especially when I come across the wines which wow. Like this time.

Field Recordings wines are no strangers in this blog (2010 Fiction by Field Recordings was my 2011 wine of the year). Produced by Andrew Jones, grape-grower-turned-wine-maker, these wines are his personal accounts of people and places – every label on his wines will tell you where exactly the grapes came from, and who grew them – you can see an example above. And his wines have tremendous personality associated with them. What these wines do the best – they don’t leave you indifferent. Like this 2010 Field Recordings Petite Sirah Crockett Hill Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley (15.9% ABV, $22).

The very first smell of this wine just takes you away. Away from the day that passed. Away from all the little things which (of course you knew it), in essence, are not important at all. It is clean. It is powerful, It is beautiful. You can imagine any happy picture you want – the smell will support and carry it. Yes, it is pure fruit forward California wine – but it presents itself in such a bright and uplifting fashion, that this might be the way to spell “happiness” with wine.

The wine appears almost black in the glass. It is dense, it is concentrated, it is powerful. Blueberries, blueberry jam and blueberry pie all together – but without sweetness, all in very balanced, round form. You can have food with this wine – but what you really want is just this wine by itself. From the smell, the happiness continues in the glass.

Then your glass becomes empty. But you sit there, still smiling. Still carried away. To the happy place.

Is this an overly emotional account? You bet. But I invite you to find this wine and experience happy journey in the glass. Of course your personal happy wine might be different. I hope you will discover it. And I will drink to that. Cheers!

  1. April 23, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    This was such a beautiful review. I feel like I heard you rave…thanks for sharing! And the price tag is surprisingly reasonable. I hope I can find it somewhere around here.

    • talkavino
      April 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Thank you for your kind words – it was all in the wine…

  2. PSsquared
    April 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Great review! I will add it to my shopping list.

    • talkavino
      April 24, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thank you! It was all in the wine… It might be difficult to find these wines in retail stores – may be send e-mail to Andrew Jones (you can see his e-mail address on the picture of back label) and ask him how you can get it

      • PSsquared
        April 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

        Oh! Ok, I will do that.

  3. April 24, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Great review! I can truly experience the wine just by reading it. Not the X’s and O’s or red fruits and earthy stuff but a shared experience. Well written. Wish I could get this stuff up here.

    • talkavino
      April 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Thank you! I guess this kind of review is easy to write when the wine produces emotional response – not all of them do. But with Field Recordings wines in particular, I had such experience more than once…

  4. April 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I will agree with all the comments above, that was a great review! So nice to know that there are wines out there that will not break the bank, but have the ability. To. Transform.


    • talkavino
      April 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      It might be a strange title for the post – but it was the first thing which came to my mind when I thought of this post – and I’m still learning to trust my first instincts (yeah, I might be an impulse buyer, true) – anyway, that is how the name of this post came around…
      In any case, the wine was really good!

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