“Next time, bring a picnic,” urged the very hospitable server the last time we were at Old Field. So we took her advice, and brought some friends who were thinking of joining their wine club plus some crackers and cheese, melon with prosciutto, plus a slice of paté and some shishito peppers we picked up at 8 Hands enroute to the winery.
We had a lovely time and enjoyed trying two wines which had not been available the last time we were there. Our friends loved the laid-back family atmosphere of the farm, and admired the chickens and ducks. We strolled the grounds and looked again at the ice house. They tried a tasting of the reds, with which they were very happy. And yes, they joined the wine club, which meant our tastings were free. We’ll be back!
1. 2016 Blush de Noir $25
Perry—one of the owners—explained to us that the pinot noir grapes hadn’t met their standards for red wine, so they made them into this lovely rosé. We quite liked it, and it went very well with the charcuterie we had brought with us. It is a light, dry wine with just a bit of fruit.
2. 2014 Cabernet Franc $36
We liked this wine so much that we bought a bottle for the cellar. A new release, it has nice tannins, more depth than many North Fork reds, and was just overall delicious.
P.S. Perry came out of the vineyard and offered us a taste of merlot grapes. They were not quite ready to be picked, she told us. We liked the taste of the little, thin-skinned grapes, despite the seeds.