Red blends have always been a norm, while white blends still raise an occasional eyebrow on the novice drinker’s bemused face. But increasing standards in California white blends are winning hearts and minds. Lorimar’s Field Blend 2017 comprises 50% chardonnay, 18% Viognier, 17% Riesling, 8% Muscat Canelli and 7% Grenache, representing a stellar example of outstanding California coalescence. Tropical fruits including melon and guava come through on the nose as well as the taste palate, with a measured sweetness delivered courtesy of the Muscat Canelli. Viognier gives this blend tremendous structure, so flavor notes are delivered deliberately, and staggered. I see this as the perfect companion for a charcuterie board or loaded salad. Quite complex with a ton of personality. A great wine if you’re looking for quality with your fun.
- Winemaker: Marshall Stuart
- Appellation: California: 50% Monterey County; 40% Temecula; 7% Dunnigan Hills; 3% Fresno County
- Varietal Breakdown: 50% chardonnay, 18% Viognier, 17% Riesling, 8% Muscat Canelli and 7% Grenache
- Case Production: 370
- Alcohol Volume: 13.4%