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Frey Vineyards Field Blend Biodynamic 2012

Frey Vineyards Field Blend Biodynamic 2012

750ML     
Sku: P57453

Review
I’m clearly developing a taste for “natural” wines. Formulaic wines all start tasting the same, and wines made from cultured yeasts taste like whatever the winemaker wants the wine to taste like, kind of like an artificially-flavored wine. Wines made from wild native yeast and bottled without heavy oak flavors or the addition of sulfur dioxide are all about truth and honesty. They have a natural beauty that is not the result of make up or winemaking magic. These wines may not have the glitz and glamour of mass-produced wines, but they have a way of growing on me, and once I get to know them, their natural beauty blossoms, reawakening my palate. The 2012 Frey Field Blend did just that. The bouquet is fruity with pleasant earthy nuances. In the mouth, it is medium bodied and delicate, almost naked and uncovered, offering only what the vineyard has to offer and nothing more. The wine offers not only liveliness, it offers a radiant life essence that is too often lost in the cellar. I know it sounds very Zen, but sometimes less really is more and minimalism speaks more clearly than abundance.
~ Bart, 67Wine Buyer

Wine maker notes
Frey Vineyards is a leader in organic, non-sulfited winemaking. Located in Mendocino County, California, Frey was founded in 1980 as the nation’s first organic winery and is still family owned and operated today. In 1996, Frey Vineyards produced the United States’ first certified Biodynamic® wine. All Frey Biodynamic wines are estate-grown and bottled in accordance with Demeter Biodynamic and USDA Organic regulations. Our Biodynamic wines are fermented with native indigenous yeast and produced with no added sulfites. Our goal with Field Blend was to produce a Biodynamic example of terroir at its finest expression, where site, varietal character, and vintage culminate in an authentic representation of our vineyards. Field Blend succinctly expresses the Biodynamic intercropping and low-impact vinting methods employed to create this wine. Following the Biodynamic winemaking tenants of farming with nature, without pesticides, zero-manipulation in the cellar, and only native yeast used for fermentation, the results are pure, pared-down flavors with no interference between you and the grapes.

Alcohol: 12.3% by volume.Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0 ppm.Total production: 3500 cases.35% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Petite Sirah

Tasting Notes: Seamlessly blended to reflect our specific terroir, this Field Blend is a rustic mix of rich berry and hearty tannins that form a voluptuous pairing for savory, seasonal fare.
The Field Blend label was designed by our wine club director, Nicole Paisley Martensen. It incorporates a collage of vintage astrological charts and farmers’ almanacs, evoking the origins of Biodynamic farming and its founder, Rudolf Steiner, along with photographs of grapevines and tractor treads at Frey Vineyards. The inspiration both inside and outside the bottle is to convey a true spirit of place, and mirror the richness and beauty of our land.


Other text
New York City natives Paul and Beba Frey took their family to the backwoods of Redwood Valley in Mendocino in the early 1960s, looking for a better way of life. Their twelve children grew up with a great sense of respect for the natural environment, and developed a passionate love for farming and gardening. They planted vines, and began bottling wine in the early 1980s and became America’s first organic winery. The conversion to biodynamic farming was a natural progression, and they eventually went on to become North America’s first Demeter certified biodynamic winery. All Frey wines are produced without any added sulfites or additives.
~ Bart, 67Wine Buyer

Food pairing
When Californians first started planting vineyards in the 19th century, they would hedge their bets by planting an assortment of varietals side by side, some earlier ripening, some later ripening, and everything would be harvested together and co-fermented in the same barrel. Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignan and Mataro were just some of the grapes that would make up the field blends, which were usually bottled simply as California Red. Typically rich and full of California fruit, these field blends were easy drinking and lively in character. I recently served the 2012 Frey Biodynamic Field Blend with a dish I make from an old recipe that mixes rice with pasta, simmered with onions, broth and parsley. The wine didn’t steal the show, but it played a strong supporting role. There is something nice about a wine that genuinely complements the meal, which, in a way, is what wine was always meant to do.
~ Bart, 67Wine Buyer

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