2018 Never Neverland Red Blend, Santa Barbara County, California (750ml)

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Wonderwall Syrah was featured in our Wine Club in October 2019 and was a member favorite! So, imagine how excited we were when we found another tasty wine from Andrew Jones, the talented winemaker of that Wonderwall! Andrew is native to Ventura, California, and started working in a vineyard nursery when he was playing football at the University of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He went on to graduate with a major in Agriculture Business and a minor in Viticulture, which led him to work for a grapevine nursery based in Bakersfield, California. His job as a vine nursery fieldman took him all over California planning and planting vineyards with grape growers and winemakers. Andrew’s growing connections in the industry over time have enabled him to acquire some of the best fruit from the best vineyard sites where he has been involved. He made his first wine in 2007 with Field Recordings, a project to produce wines that are his "expression of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve met." Andrew spends the majority of his time on the Central Coast and says he has stood in nearly every vineyard in the region, so he knows where to find all the hidden gems and relishes coaxing "soulful" wines from under-appreciated areas. Andrew sourced the grapes for this “Never Neverland” blend from the North Fork, Tommy Town, Alta Gaviota, White Hawk and Paradise Road vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

We tried this “Never Neverland” blend a couple of months ago and have been waiting for the right time to schedule it for our Wine Club. We are thrilled to feature it this month! It is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignan, 5% Syrah and 5% Grenache. It was aged in 100% American oak, 40% new for 10 months.

This wine has a dark plum-colored core and purple rim. It is seductive with aromas of exotic spices, violets and dark fruit. The palate is full and round showing ripe blackberries, black plum, and cassis with hints of black pepper on the finish. This is a fruit-forward and well-balanced wine with gripping tannins. Sip slow and savor this one. Cheers!

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