Field Recordings is 35-year old winemaker Andrew Jones’ personal catalogue of the people and places he values most, coaxed in to a bottle of delicious and very meaningful wine. Spending his days as a vine nursery fieldman 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 under-appreciated 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 Wonderwall Pinot is partially de-stemmed upon arrival, with around 25% stems included in the open top fermenter depending on the vineyard block. Aged in 100% French Oak with 15% new, although the oak is incredibly well incorporated.
Black cherries, plum jam, figs, cola and almond skin. There’s a touch of smoke and tantalising black tea, with white pepper, clove and cinnamon. Juicy and succulent palate - a beautifully composed and balanced wine - it's almost like being out in the vineyards, glass in hand!
Each year, the label changes - Andrew selecting images of people who have done things differently. They’ve broken the rules, walked out of line and done extraordinary things, whatever the odds. Past labels have included Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo. The 2017 bears the image of the Brown Sisters, female boxing champions of Brooklyn in the early 20th century.