2010 California Field Blend - Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Syrah/Carignane
Smoky nose interwoven with blueberry and raspberry; deeply concentrated palate with silky tannins.
Lot 313 has a wonderfully smoky nose interwoven with blueberry, raspberry, kirsch and black pepper. The palate is deeply concentrated with silky tannins and a rich, multi-faceted juicy finish. With framing acidity and a bold backbone playing off of the lively fruit, this wine is affable while showing great sophistication.
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blueberry, Raspberry, Tannins
At its simplest, Field Blends are the result of a certain way of propagating vineyards in early 20th century California Viticulture (a technique most certainly learned from Europe however) wherein various vines were planted in a vineyard and the underperformers had their heads lopped off to be replaced by budwood from the best performers. Trial and Error or Darwinianism at its best if you will. Lot 313 is, of course, a fanciful interpretation of this technique but the result is anything but.
Lot 313, a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Carignane, is an exercise in gorgeously fruited, yet well structured wine that is a good reflection of the dirt from which it hails. This wine is the best of the old-world and the new, the classic and the updated…Purity of essence if you will.