Grenache Blanc may not be top of mind when it comes to Lodi grape varieties, but a glass of this wine could change that!
Disclosure: This wine was provided to me as a media sample. I received no compensation for this post, and all opinions presented are my own.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Delu Vineyard in Lodi’s Alta Mesa sub-AVA. The fruit was fermented with on native yeast in stainless steel tank. Malolactic fermentation was partially blocked. The finished wine was racked at completion of fermentation to neutral French oak barrels to complete its elevage on its fine lees until filtered and bottled early January.
Color – Pale golden-yellow
Aromas – Pear, apple, citrus, white flowers and a hint of chalk
Body – Medium-bodied, and balanced with mouth-watering zesty acidity
Taste – Pear, green and yellow apple, lemon peel, and savory spice beautifully accented with a very appealing saline minerality
Finish – Long
13.5% abv |SRP $24|65 cases made|92pts
Grenache Blanc may not be top of mind for when it comes to Lodi grape varieties, but a glass of this wine could change that!
About Fields Family Wines
Fields Family winery is a small family owned and operated winery. It is owned by Russ Fields (an Attorney by day) and his wife Melinda. Winemaker Ryan Sherman (a Realtor by day) and his wife Jalynn are partners in the winery. The Fields and Sherman met in 2004, when Fields was looking to purchase a vineyard, and Sherman helped him with his search.
Fields purchased a certified organic vineyard planted to Syrah in 2005 and immediately got to work on the restoration of the property, and construction of the Winery, the Main House and second residence. Today, the Fields Family Estate vineyard is planted to Syrah, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Grenache Blanc, and Vermentino.
Fields Family Wines’ first release of 350 cases was the 2008 vintage (released in 2010). Over the years they have gradually increased production. They produced 1,600 cased in 2013. According to Sherman..that’s just about max of what we can do while keeping our day jobs and not getting divorce papers in the process….
Their plan for now is to continue to focus on small lots ( 125 to 200 case production) mostly from local vineyards the east side of the Mokelumne River AVA. Working in small lots enables Sherman do most of the work himself and maintain high quality.
Our goal is to craft wines that showcase the vineyards from where they come and employ a minimalistic approach to winemaking. Grape growing and winemaking should go hand in hand – as winegrowers we seek to enhance this relationship.
Sherman is self-taught and self-trained as a winemaker, but having grown up in Lodi he was in a position to seek the advice and guidance of some of the area’s best growers and winemakers.
Sherman is a quick study. I’ve tasted a number of Fields Family Wine over a number of years, and they just get better year after year.
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