Field Recordings Neverland Santa Barbara County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

$22

Always on the lookout for great Cabernet bargains, we found a winner in this Santa Barbara gem. Highly recommended for everyday drinking. Tasting Notes: Layered with notes of black currant, spearmint, bacon and smoked cedar planks, this wine seems to change almost by the second. It is plush, both in aromatics and in mouth-feel, with blueberry, violets, kirsch and creme de cassis joining notes of tobacco and cola. A truly Californian Claret. About:  Field Recordings is the moonlighting side project for up-and-coming young winemaker Andrew Jones, whose days are taken up with his job as a vine nursery field operative. Fortunately, his job takes Jones to vineyards all over California, where he helps growers decide the best grapes and clones to plant. Jones leverages his expertise, access and connections to buy choice fruit from treasured sites, especially in California’s Central Coast. In 2013, a perfect growing season and a little luck meant that Jones was able to pick the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot for this wine at the same time and ferment them together. Petit Verdot is a traditional blending grape in Bordeaux, where it’s used to add inky color and fragrance to wines based on Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s rare that it ripens at the same time as Cabernet; usually the grapes are picked and fermented separately and then blended before aging. The fruit comes from the Grassini Vineyard, located in the tiny Happy Canyon wine region. Located on the eastern edge of Santa Barbara County, Happy Canyon’s relatively warm days make it a top spot for Bordeaux grapes.

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Sterr Delectable Pro

Eucalyptus & Menthol.

Eucalyptus & Menthol.

9.0

Victoria Gutierrez

Bold, juicy!

Bold, juicy!

9.1

Jessica Crow

Surprisingly light. Very flavorful. Good with red meat, and chocolate.

Surprisingly light. Very flavorful. Good with red meat, and chocolate.

9.1

Joshua Elliot

Jolly rancher!

Jolly rancher!

9.5

Ryan Frank

2017 vintage

2017 vintage

9.0

Joshua Elliot

First snowboard trip

First snowboard trip

9.2

Michał Ptaszek

Cooking with Thomas and Aurore, during their last night in LA. Good to have friends here!

Cooking with Thomas and Aurore, during their last night in LA. Good to have friends here!

8.8

Yuki Watanabe

Full of ripe red fruit, almost caramel like finish, bargain wine

Full of ripe red fruit, almost caramel like finish, bargain wine

9.0

Jamie Schaffer

Very nice just the right amount of fruity!

Very nice just the right amount of fruity!

9.0

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