2018 Hock from Field Recordings

Ever since I saw the Netflix documentary about Tin City in Paso Robles, California, I've wanted to go there-especially when I learned it housed Field Recordings!

Tin City has multiple progressive wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries! Plus it looks like an absolute party with bands, booze, and food within several blocks. As soon as this Covid thing is over, I want to go! If the Covid thing goes away, if not we can deal with it. Embrace the 'new normal', changing your behavior is not that f---ing bad people...evolve!

Ok, I'm done my rant...now to the wine.

So Andrew Jones is the owner and wine maker of several labels, beside Field Recordings, there's also Alloy (cans) a separate venture, and under Field Recordings are labels/projects like: Wonderwall (cool historical figures on the labels), and Fiction. He has a knack for using grapes and making blends that are a little off the radar. His Skins line is his orange wine. (Remember that does not refer to the taste, just the color. The reason for this color is that white grapes are allowed to spend time on the skins. They oxidize and create that color....think apple slices left out.)

Everything I have had from this wine maker has been solid! I have no fear at all of getting anything that looks like his label in any wine shop. As soon as I see that block lettering with a solid color background, I buy it. Bonus! All his wines are vegan, even the Alloy cans. So drink up this summer, all my vegan friends!

I picked up his 2018 Hock. It's a dry white blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurtztraminer. It's his tribute to an Alsatian blend. Crisp and a little spicy, perfect for a summer day or a Thai dish!

The color is reminiscent of a bright, small daffodil. The legs are none existent at first, but end up forming over time, indicating this wine is either low in sugar or low in alcohol. Sugars are needed to balance the acidity, especially in these grapes, so that's not necessarily the answer, but it is low alcohol at 11.1% abv. So definitely in the range of what would be considered a dry German Riesling or an Alsatian Riesling or Blend.

The smell is of canned pears. It reminds me of that canned fruit salad mix from delmonte that I had as a kid, that had pears, peaches, and cherries. There's also the scent of Passionfruit, subtle lychee, spice and sweet hay.

The taste is of white flower, ruby red grapefruit, green apple, young pear, orange peel, and a little papaya covered in cayenne pepper. So a lot going on!

The winemaker, Andrew Jones, has a tendency to create new wines, and who knows when this blend will be duplicated again. There's no listing on this blend being rereleased in 2019, by now it should have been. There is no oak aging, so all you need to wait for is the fermentation process, which ended a while ago. So if you are interested in trying this wine before it's gone, come and get this $17 bottle at Waterfront Wine and Spirits.