Friday, April 13, 2012
Fritz Winery 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
The Award-Winning Wine:
Fritz Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Reason for Reviewing:
Fritz Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, won a Best of Class award at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Fritz Underground Winery is built into the side of a picturesque hill atop the northernmost region of the famed Dry Creek Valley.
Burgundy in color, this Pinot Noir offers aromas of black fruit and tobacco. With balanced acidity and rich texture, this wine is full of cherry and rhubarb flavors with savory spices and finishes with elegant, lingering tannins.
On pouring, Fritz Winery 2009 Pinot Noir is medium ruby in color. A bountiful bouquet of dark fruit, and a clove note, radiate to the nose. Ripe berry and dark cherry flavors prevail on the palate and persist through a long, dry finish with a leather highlight.
Fritz Winery 2009 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, is a balanced wine with interesting layers of complementary complexities. Flavorful and elegant. Suggested retail price is $30. Overall composite score: 96 points.