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2008 Fritz Late Harvest Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 16%

The Fritz, on the other hand, is a dark, powerful, muscular style of late harvest Zin. It can do with a few years in the cellar, but it’s already well balanced and complex enough to enjoy tonight!

Chocolate, tobacco, dates and tree bark greet the nose with a spicy top note from both fruit and wood. This is decidedly sweet on the palate and filled with truffle, date, fig and dried prune flavors. There are some noticeable tannins and a layer of wood spice here adding complexity. This is rich and powerful, in a style that could take some age nicely, but it already shows fine integration. Reveals bright, plummy fruit tones on the very long, wood spiced finish. 91pts

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  • There are some lovely red wines in Europe dating back to Roman times like Aleatico de Puglia, and weird wines like PANTELLERIA from a volcanic island near Italy

    Banyuls, Collioure and Maury, from the Catalan corner of France are great solutions to the chocolate pudding dilemna but appear as chilled aperitifs in their region.

    A cute little strawberry-tasting wine of about 5% is grown in Piedmont,called Birbet. We had one from Malvira that survived many years of neglect under the sink and yet tasted lovely after chilling, and disappeared in two sessions.

    I would say be brave and take the plunge on a bottle if you see such things in shops run by wine enthusiastsin the US of A.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:55 AM


  • nice one

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM


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