I was given this delightful Fritz Winery Pinot Noir 2002 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 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.
The 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:
“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, totalwine.com, amazon.com or ask your local wine buyer. Enjoy!
If you enjoyed reading about this wine check out Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, BV (Beaulieu Vineyard) Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Rutherford Hill Merlot 2006.
PS: What are some of your favorite wines? I would love to hear and showcase your suggestions.
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