Tasting in the cellar of Lenz Winery with winemaker Eric Fry was a perfect testament to just how committed this winery is to producing world class wines. As we moved from barrel to barrel and tasted some of the new vintages, Eric imparted key pieces of knowledge about each vintage and how the varietal reacted whether it was only to fail or thrive. The wines I had tasted in bottle were wonderful, yet it was the cellar tour that captured my heart, as a tank of 2010 Gewürztraminer, still an unfinished wine, was stunning and showed even more character than the 2007, which I scored pretty high when it was tasted only moments before.

The red wines in Lenz cellar were also very exciting to taste and showed so much vibrant, focused fruit that it was hard to imagine how the winery could wait nearly five years before releasing a current vintage. However, one taste of the 2005 Merlot put all of my suspicions to rest; it was so lush, yet structured with a nose of dark fruit and an assortment of spices. It’s a wine I intend on putting in my own cellar.

Lenz came highly recommended from a trusted source, and now I can see why.