Palate

Juicy blackberry, raspberry and cranberry are backed with citrus hints of mandarin orange. Petite Sirah adds the warmth of baking spices and bayberry, resulting in a wine that is rich, balanced and complex, with a persistent and generous finish. Field Blend offers consumers an affordable, food-friendly red wine that’s deliciously drinkable on release, but one that will age comfortably in the cellar for several years.

Growing Conditions

Oakville Ranch is the original mountain vineyard of the Oakville sub-appellation, a tiny district that produces some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated Cabernets. A place of dramatic beauty and dedication to organic farming, Oakville Ranch farms its hollows and terraces in a well-planned program of sustainability, and has crafted singular wines expressive of its distinctive terroir since 1989. The grapes for Field Blend are grown, harvested and fermented together in the tradition of Napa Valley’s early grape growers, reflecting the characteristics of the vintage. The third consecutive year of drought, the 2014 growing season was blessed with relatively mild growing temperatures, which favored a well-balanced crop, even ripening and concentrated flavors, creating a balanced, fruit-driven wine.

Harvest

September 12, 2014.

Bottling

July 27, 2015

Winemaking

Small batch co-fermentation for 10 days.

Aging

10 months in barrels; 20% new French oak, 40% used French oak, 40% used American oak

Appearance

Inky purple in color.