Over Labor Day weekend, David and I went wine tasting with two other couples in Alexander Valley. We had hopes of hitting up three wineries and we ended up going to five! We visited Field Stone, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Hawkes, Seghesio, and Thumbprint Cellars. We found a new favorite winery while we were out there, and that is Field Stone. I haven’t seen any of their wines at any of the stores around here, but now when I go to Bottle Barn, I’ll definitely be looking out for Field Stone’s wines.
Field Stone was about a 10 minute drive out into Alexander Valley from Healdsburg. They have a really cool cellar/tasting room that’s built into an oak covered hillside. There are vineyards surrounding the winery. The tasting room is one of the least pretty tasting rooms I’ve been in, BUT the service was fantastic. The room was built in the 70’s and it shows with the dark wood paneled room. I could really care less though, because if a winery has great wine, who cares what the tasting room looks like. I loved that Field Stone had a family feel to it and they aren’t wrapped up into the picturesque snobby wine image. This place is down to earth and producing amazing wines.
While we were there we tasted this rosé made out of petite sirah grapes. Apparently Field Stone has been growing petite sirah grapes for a very long time and even believe they are some of the first to grow them in the area. We were very happy with all of the wines we tasted at Field Stone, but since I’m a sucker for rosé’s we ended up buying this one. One of my favorite aspects about this rosé is the fruity aroma and the beautiful color. The color is darker than what I’m use to for rosé, and I believe that is because it’s made from petit sirah, which is known to produce dark inky wines.
Many people think that rosé’s are only sweet wines but that’s not always the case. They are pink because some of the grape skins are left on during the wine making process. The sweetness depends on the grape used. This rosé produced a wonderful fruity aroma but was for the most party pretty dry. It was the perfect glass of wine to drink as an appetizer last Friday night when it was in the mid 80’s after work. We then finished off the bottle while we ate a green garden salad, garlic bread, and barbequed halibut.
The bottle at the tasting room was $20 and it’s definitely worth it. If I see this rosé in a store I will definitely be buying it again. If I don’t, I guess I’ll just have to make another trek back out to the tasting room. I highly recommend Field Stone if you’re ever in the area.