Frtiz Winery Pinot Noir, findingourwaynow.comI was given this delightful Fritz Winery Pinot Noir as a gift a while ago and finally brought it out from the wine chiller for the holidays.  We served this with a standing rib roast and all the fixing. It was a perfect match.

Fritz Winery Pinot Noir

Fritz Winery was established in 1970. Fritz Winery, located on a hillside of the picturesque region of Dry Creek, is considered to be one of the best wine grape growing regions in Sonoma County. Fritz Winery’s claim the fame, aside form its great wine, is it’s a subterranean winery that is built into the side of the hill. I understand that the winery tours are really fun and well worth the effort.

Frtiz Winery, findingourwaynow.comThe naturally cool temperatures of the wine cave is ideal for wine making, aging and storing the wine. This results in less energy usage and is much easier in the processing of the grapes, giving the vintner the best opportunity to produce the best possible wines.

The Dry Creek valley is a gorgeous area located between two mountains and is said to be similar to the Rhone region of France in climate and conditions.  This area is one of my very favorite places to visit.  It takes me back to gentler days and unhurried Sunday drives. The Dry Creek General Store is the focal point of the town where you can grab a leisurely lunch. All near some amazing wineries.  In some cases, the winery owners and wine makers will still pour wine for you.  What is there not to like about that.

The label is a bit of a mystery, but it was still a fun. It depicts a flock of wild turkeys; eating grapes from an old Zinfandel vine. It’s said there are a lot of wild turkeys roaming the area, so they just became a kind of symbol for the winery.  Thus, the wine label was born.

This is what the winemaker has to say about their Pinot Noir:

Frtiz Winery Pinot Noir,“The fruit for this delightful Pinot Noir comes from a 25 acre vineyard located west of Highway 116 in Sebastopol. Pommard, 115, and 113 clones were planted in rich Gold Ridge Dust soil allowing for a complex array of fruit to work with during harvest. Burgundy in color, this wine has intoxicating aromas of black fruit that softly opens up, allowing for hints of tobacco. Our Russian River Pinot is rich in texture with perfectly balanced acidity and firm, bold tannins. Once it hits your palate it expresses flavors of Bing cherry, rhubarb, and savory spices. The wine finishes elegantly with lingering flavors of cherry and cocoa powder.”

This was a nice wine for our holiday meal.  It would go well with my Simple Three Cheese Lasagna. Heck a good Pinot Noir is good with just about any fare.

You can find Fritz Pinot Noir on their website,, or ask your local wine buyer. Enjoy!

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading about this wine check out Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet SauvignonBV (Beaulieu Vineyard) Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon and Rutherford Hill Merlot.

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  • Cheryl Therrien

    I like this one! Fritz is the name of one of our furry family members. LOL

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, That’s really cool. I do love that name. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    I like the idea of building into the side of the mountain. This is a great use of natural resources to help with their process.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jon, It is such a great idea. I understand it is a really cool place to visit too. :-)

  • Jamie Gall

    Wines truly make for some wonderful gifts =)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jamie, Don’t they thou? I did enjoy this one. :-)

  • {oc cottage}

    sounds delish!

    m ^..^

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi OC, It really is. Enjoy :-)

  • Nami

    I love Pinots. Used to go crazy over Saintsbury but they’re way out of my league now, price wise. I’d love to check out this website. Thanks for the review.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Nami, I do too. It is one of my favorite varietals and goes with just about every cuisine. Your welcome and enjoy. :-)

  • Julie

    I think I need to go look for this wine. It sounds yummy. :-)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Julie, I think you’ll like this one. Let me know what you think when you do. :-)

  • Jacs Henderson

    Just love the way you lead us from your wine chiller to Sonama County and the Dry Creek Valley, through the caves and onto the General Store where I’d love to be eating lunch and tasting your wine choice here – sounds like a good all rounder to love ;)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jacs, Thank you so much for your kind words. It pleases me greatly that you enjoyed this. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I will keep an eye out for this one. Last weekend I ended up buying some Layer Cake Pinot since I thought about your post on Layer Cake when I was in the store. It went quite well with my spicy pretzel crisps!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Jeri, That is so cool! You’ll enjoy this one as well. :-)

  • Patrick Huff

    Pinch me, I was transported to this wonderful area. Reminds me of France and I am a big fan of fruit and herbal qualities.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Patrick, It is such a beautiful place, one of my favorites. I’m with you about France, herbs and fruit. :-)

  • Kim Stanbrook

    Wonderful, I can smell it already….

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Kim, It is really a good choice of wine. Have fun with it. :-)

  • Adrienne

    I was imaging the view as you were taking us along Susan. Sounds so delightful.

    This wine sounds like one I’d enjoy. I do love fruity and zinfandel’s… Those two words caught my eye right off the bat. Yummy.

    Thanks for taking us along for the ride.


    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Adrienne, You’re so welcome. You would very much enjoy this wine. :-)

  • Angus McEwan

    I’m wishing I had a glass … or bottle now

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Angus, A bottle would be better… LOL

  • Peter Pocklington

    Love your style. Sort of brings to mind a combination of THE EAGLES and Neil Diamond… Hotel California and Red, Red, Wine…

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Peter, That really fits this place… LOL. You would love it. :-)

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