2009 Fritz Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (Previously $19)

SKU #1090407 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A delicious Zinfandel, one of Fritz’s best in years. It shows Zin’s robust, briary character, with a peppery, brambly mouthfeel. Yet the long, cool vintage has resulted in sweetly ripe flavors of wild berries.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

The full name of this winery is actually "Fritz Underground Winery," but in this case "underground" is quite literal. The winery, established in the late-1970s, is built into the side of a hill in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, taking advantage of the earth's natural cooling abilities as well as gravity. Above ground, the folks at Fritz are growing some great fruit. The grapes for this Zin come from 30 year old vines and has a wild berry bouquet, with notes of earth and licorice. Full-bodied and food-friendly. Perfect for summer barbecue.

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By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2012 | Send Email
Unbelievable zin for the money- at a huge discount! A great wine from a great vintage- this is rich zin stuffed with red fruit flavors and a layer of pepper and menthol to add to its complexity.
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2016

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2012 | Send Email
There are many Zinfandels out on the market that cost a good deal more than Fritz, but there are precious few that offer so much pleasure and dark berry fruit. A nice dose of up-fruit blackberry jam is joined by pepper spice and a nutty quality. Supremely appealing with or without food.

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5