Fritz Cabernet - Dry Creek Valley
This delicious red is comprised of 92 percent Cabernet and eight percent Malbec. It's full bodied with velvety tannins with notes of cherry, cocoa, tobacco and ripe plums. The palate delivers a hint of blackberry with a touch of pepper wrapped in a rich envelope of dried currant.
According to Tasting Room Manager Bob Cuozzo, the fruit for this wine is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1999 on an eastern hillside in Dry Creek Valley with sandy, gravely soil.
It was picked at an average of 24.7 brix and only whole berries were transferred to open top fermenters. They were cold soaked for three days then warmed for inoculation with yeast. The tanks were punched down 2-3 times daily over a 10 day period allowing skin color and flavor extraction. The wine was drained off and placed in 40% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
It received a double gold medal from the San Francisco Chronicle Competition.
What I Like About It
The flavors complement each other so well each sip gives you something new to discover.
What I Ate With It
My favorite iFratelli's pizza (mushroom & pepperoni). This wine would pair well with steak, chops or even a plate of Charlotte's enchiladas.
Where I Got It
Wines are rated on a scale of one-five corks. A one-cork wine is good for killing fire ants; five-cork wines are reserved for sharing with your very best friends.
Wine Enthusiast gives the Fritz Cabernet - Dry Creek Valley 91 points.
24691 Dutcher Creek Road
Cloverdale, CA 95425
I've been a wine lover since about 12 (that's not a typo). My earliest grape experience was probably at my cousin Nancy's wine tasting wedding rehearsal dinner (thanks for including me, Cuz!). Since then, I've graduated from Boone's Farm (Ugh! What was I thinking?) to a slightly more sophisticated palate. By the time I reached college I was the only guy in the dorm with a dog-eared copy of Frank Schoonmaker's, Encyclopedia of Wine (Hasting's House, 1965). Today, my tastes run more toward the reds, but I'm always on the lookout for great white wine to pair with fish or fowl.