Field Stone Winery

With snow in the forecast for tonight and a week that seems it will never end, I thought a little virtual vacation was in order for this afternoon’s post. After a brief stop in Yountville for some Bouchon Bakery decadence, we started the winding drive North and West to head toward Healdsburg where we would once again be touring one of our wine club wineries, Michel-Schlumberger

One our way through the very quiet and undeveloped Alexander Valley AVA, we decided to make a random stop, as we often do while visiting wine country, at Field Stone Winery

Field Stone

As we parked the car in the small lot, it was impossible to not be enchanted by the wineries’ surroundings. As far as the eye could see, wild chamomile flowers, vineyards ready to awaken for the spring, and rolling green hills filled the space. And it was quiet, very, very quiet.

Field Stone Winery

We made our way up the path to the barrel room and tasting room, passing by a bottling truck that was filling bottles with the latest Field Stone wine. After a friendly welcome from the men working on the truck, we went inside, where we were brought into a small, cozy tasting room.

Field Stone Wines

Field Stone is well known for its hearty reds, and I especially loved the 2008 Vineyard Select Syrah for its rich flavors of spice and black cherry. We also had the opportunity to compare and contrast 2007 and 2008 Vintage Ports

Field Stone port Field Stone

A sip of Port, a bite of dark chocolate, a sip of Port, some more chocolate. . . you know how it goes.

tasting chocolate and port

But again, as much as we loved the reds at Field Stone, we were on a mission to stock up on whites which resulted in the purchase of Field Stone Viognier and Gewurtztraminer. The Gewurtztraminer was perhaps my favorite wine of the day, dry but with some great fruit flavors. As we discussed in the tasting room, it will be the perfect Thai takeout wine. The Viognier was not on the tasting menu, but when I asked to try it, our host happily opened a bottle. Viognier is quickly becoming one of my favorite grapes because of its weight and luscious mouth feel. Just like with my favorite Viognier blend, Sheldon’s La Naris, the Field Stone Viognier is one that you you almost want to swish around in your mouth for awhile before drinking it. Sounds a little odd, but trust me on this. Smile

fields of mustard in the Alexander Valley

As we tasted through the wines, we learned a bit about the property, and our tasting room host encouraged us to go around the back of the building to check out their century-old Petite Syrah vines. Like gnarly little gnomes, these vines have produced quite a bit of fruit and have seen a lot over the years!

Field Stone old vines

Field Stone could appear off the beaten path, but it is really on the way from Napa Valley to Sonoma County if you are traveling North. It was a lovely spot to stop with great staff, delicious wines, and unstoppable views. Go there!

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  1. Megan’s avatar

    Those little flowers are so pretty. Sounds like a nice tasting experience.

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    The fields of flowers have me yearning for spring!

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  3. sophia’s avatar

    The place sounds absolutely lovely. My dad would really appreciate this. I think I want to treat him to a wine tasting experience when he comes visit me this summer. :-)

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  4. Chris Deziel’s avatar

    Been to this winery and it is a must stop if you have a week or so to go through the Sonoma Region. Love the barrel room and the tasting room, which is built into the ground to keep a stable temperature while the wines are aging. Also love that this is a family run winery. The Petitie Syrah is their signature wine. Very friendly and accomodating and by phone. Go to their webiste and play their video to capture the essence of the place. Just gorgeous.

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  5. Jason Robinson’s avatar

    Thank you so much for your nice post about your experience here at Field Stone Winery. We appreciate you writing about your time spent here. Great pictures of the property. Please visit us again soon. If you call me ahead of time, I would love to take you around on a private tour of the property. Cheers! 707-433-7266.

    Jason

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thank you so much for your comment. We had a great visit, and I can not wait to open a bottle of Field Stone Gewurtztraminer with dinner soon! I would love a tour of the property, and we will likely be back (hopefully to stay!) in the near future.

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