Today’s Quick Sip is the Fields Family Wines’ 2011 Estate Syrah. I had an opportunity to taste this wine during a recent event put on by the good folks at Charles Communications and Lodi Wine (aka LoCA). Fields Family Wines is a small family-run operation specializing in the production of small batches of premium wines from Lodi and Napa Valley regions. The Lodi appellation (Central Valley of California) is largely known for red wines with Zinfandel leading the way. But outside of Zinfandel, the area’s diversity, both in soil and climate, accommodates the planting of over 75 grape varieties. The region benefits from significant diurnal temperature swings. The cooler nights provide balance to the warm, sunny days, allowing the berries to retain good natural acidity while achieving optimal flavor development. Syrah is one of the few grape varieties that performs well in both cool and warm climates. This Syrah displays characteristics you would expect to find in warm climate examples and shades of what the variety exhibits in cooler climates. For further information and where you can find this wine, check out my tasting note below.
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