The 2016 Field Day is truly a dichotomy: strikingly complex, yet brilliantly simple. Reminisce about a beach-side cabana full of fruity beverages as you enjoy the complex mixture of luxurious tropical fruit, familiar citrus tones, and exotic floral notes. Ripe scents of guava, papaya, and musk melon greet the taster and are quickly followed by hints of hibiscus and narcissus. The palate is rich with notes of Meyer lemon and rosewater, and a zesty acidity carries the wine through to a long, slaty finish. It’s simply delicious! 453 cases produced.
The winter of 2015-2016 provided a small respite from the Califoria drought right at bud break; five and a half inches of rain gave the vines a big drink at the start of the season.
A sharp frost occurred at the end of March, which resulted in uneven development in shoots. Vineyard managers made special passes to unify fruit maturity on the weak and strong shoots. April’s cool nights and warm days slowed the overall early trend of the season. Veraison started the last week of July and the fruit transitioned quickly and evenly.
The big event of the season occurred in the middle of August - the Chimney Fire to the North of Paso Robles. There were periods of smoke lingering in vineyard regions, but, fortuitously, onshore winds blew the haze out of the area.
Harvest began on Labor Day with whites and pinks. The reds were not far behind. All of the vessels at the winery were quickly filled to maximum capacity. The fruit was very ripe and generous with big flavors and plenty of color, body and tannin. Fruit was easily extracted and fermentation was quick compared to prior years.