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Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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Awards Accolades: <strong>91 POINTS</strong> - <em>Gregory Dal Piaz</em> ""A bit of vanilla, chocolate and wood spice pop on the nose followed by lightly minty, sweetly herb touched notes of black olive and dried cherry with subtle earthy undertones. Really quite youthful in the mouth with a light medium full bodied feel that relies on supple tannins and well integrated acidity to support a core of fresh red fruit. There's a nice wrap of toast and spice lending some complexity but this is really quite primary today. the balance is really quite fine giving this fairly big wine elegance and a certain finesse on the finish. Soft and supple today. I wouldn't be surprised to see this tighten up and add some weight in the coming years. It gains some length and fine depth of fruit on the finish with just a bit of time already. Lovely effort."<br/><br/> About This Wine: Blended with a splash of Malbec this wine opens up with classic Cabernet aromas of currents, black cherries and tobacco, with a hint of cola. The palate delivers flavors of blackberry, cassis and spices.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyard:</strong> Fruit for this wine is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1999. The vineyard is located on the eastern hillside half way down the Dry Creek Valley. The vineyard run east- west down the hillside and is planted to clones 337 and 7 in sandy, gravely soil.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Pretend that you are far away in the Northern California wine country tucked away in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. High upon a hill nestled into the side of a hill is our subterranean winery. Jay and Barbara Fritz purchased this pristine property in 1970. After spending get away weekends from San Francisco at this rich Sonoma property for many years, the Fritz family decided to build a winery in 1979.<br/><br/> Today our credo is to approach winemaking as an art form. Art, in its truest sense, inspires a shift in consciousness. Our mission is to create wines of genuine artistry, capable of transforming the way we think about the potential of Sonoma County’s premier appellations.<br/><br/> The new generation of Fritz wines began with a commitment to unequivocal quality. Since 1996, changes at Fritz Winery have been swift and dramatic: Volume has been slashed by two-thirds to only 12,000 cases per vintage. New winemaking equipment is both esoteric and state-of-the-art. An underground cave ages all red wines. The vast majority of wines are vinified on native yeast. All white wines are currently single-vineyard designates, with red wines now in barrel soon to follow suit.<br/><br/> The result? Cognoscenti now rank Fritz wines among California’s top tier producers. Our limited edition wines now command a following among serious collectors. One hundred per cent of Fritz wines are sold on allocation. And the best is yet to come.<br/><br/> Keep in mind that our vineyards are our greatest asset. Like the most celebrated wines of France, our limited edition single-vineyard wines showcase the singular expression of each superb viticultural site.<br/><br/> From the perfect microclimate of the Dry Creek Valley, we produce Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since we have the best of both worlds, we also have property in the very cool growing region of the Russian River Valley where we produce world class single vineyard Chardonnays.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2%<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal:</strong> Cabernet Sauvignon<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> September 2007.<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> July 2008<br/><br/>

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Fritz Underground Winery is unlike any place you've ever visited. A visionary wonder built ahead of its time by namesake Mr. J Arthur Fritz in the late 1970's, this monumental Gaudi style masterpiece represents a viticultural passion for sustainability, quality, and tradition. Today, J's son Clayton runs the winery with the same dedication and enthusiasm to these core values. Built into the si... Read more
Fritz Underground Winery is unlike any place you've ever visited. A visionary wonder built ahead of its time by namesake Mr. J Arthur Fritz in the late 1970's, this monumental Gaudi style masterpiece represents a viticultural passion for sustainability, quality, and tradition. Today, J's son Clayton runs the winery with the same dedication and enthusiasm to these core values. Built into the side of a picturesque hill atop the northernmost region of the famed Dry Creek Valley, the Fritz Winery operates with a modern sensibility for efficiency and awareness by utilizing the unique attributes of its subterranean design. Naturally cool temperatures, ideal for wine making and cellaring, are maintained without any use of expensive or carbon-heavy devices common to most modern wine production. What's more, as a three-tiered structure, we're able to further cut down on energy usage by capitalizing on the always plentiful presence of gravity. By harnessing gravity to move our juice from the crush pad down to the tanks and barrels, we're not only saving energy by forgoing pumps, we're also saving our precious juice from the detrimental effects of excessive pulsation and buffeting. It's in this way that the delicate nuances present in our Pinot Noir and other prized Estate fruit is maintained and the nurtured by our winemaker Brad Longton. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,955
4.50 5
04/01/2011

A bit of vanilla, chocolate and wood spice pop on the nose followed by lightly minty, sweetly herb touched notes of black olive and dried cherry with subtle earthy undertones. Really quite youthful in the mouth with a light medium full bodied feel that relies on supple tannins and well integrated acidity to support a core of fresh red fruit. There's a nice wrap of toast and spice lending some complexity but this is really quite primary today. the balance is really quite fine giving this fairly big wine elegance and a certain finesse on the finish. Soft and supple today. I wouldn't be surprised to see this tighten up and add some weight in the coming years. It gains some length and fine depth of fruit on the finish with just a bit of time already. Lovely effort. 91pts


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Snooth User: Hana Choi
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4.50 5
04/03/2011

What a lovely, medium-bodied cab with notes of red berries, raisins and a welcome hint of chocolate. Great balance with a nice, supple finish. Enjoyed with homemade meatloaf.



Awards Accolades: <strong>91 POINTS</strong> - <em>Gregory Dal Piaz</em> ""A bit of vanilla, chocolate and wood spice pop on the nose followed by lightly minty, sweetly herb touched notes of black olive and dried cherry with subtle earthy undertones. Really quite youthful in the mouth with a light medium full bodied feel that relies on supple tannins and well integrated acidity to support a core of fresh red fruit. There's a nice wrap of toast and spice lending some complexity but this is really quite primary today. the balance is really quite fine giving this fairly big wine elegance and a certain finesse on the finish. Soft and supple today. I wouldn't be surprised to see this tighten up and add some weight in the coming years. It gains some length and fine depth of fruit on the finish with just a bit of time already. Lovely effort."<br/><br/> About This Wine: Blended with a splash of Malbec this wine opens up with classic Cabernet aromas of currents, black cherries and tobacco, with a hint of cola. The palate delivers flavors of blackberry, cassis and spices.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyard:</strong> Fruit for this wine is sourced from a vineyard planted in 1999. The vineyard is located on the eastern hillside half way down the Dry Creek Valley. The vineyard run east- west down the hillside and is planted to clones 337 and 7 in sandy, gravely soil.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Pretend that you are far away in the Northern California wine country tucked away in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. High upon a hill nestled into the side of a hill is our subterranean winery. Jay and Barbara Fritz purchased this pristine property in 1970. After spending get away weekends from San Francisco at this rich Sonoma property for many years, the Fritz family decided to build a winery in 1979.<br/><br/> Today our credo is to approach winemaking as an art form. Art, in its truest sense, inspires a shift in consciousness. Our mission is to create wines of genuine artistry, capable of transforming the way we think about the potential of Sonoma County’s premier appellations.<br/><br/> The new generation of Fritz wines began with a commitment to unequivocal quality. Since 1996, changes at Fritz Winery have been swift and dramatic: Volume has been slashed by two-thirds to only 12,000 cases per vintage. New winemaking equipment is both esoteric and state-of-the-art. An underground cave ages all red wines. The vast majority of wines are vinified on native yeast. All white wines are currently single-vineyard designates, with red wines now in barrel soon to follow suit.<br/><br/> The result? Cognoscenti now rank Fritz wines among California’s top tier producers. Our limited edition wines now command a following among serious collectors. One hundred per cent of Fritz wines are sold on allocation. And the best is yet to come.<br/><br/> Keep in mind that our vineyards are our greatest asset. Like the most celebrated wines of France, our limited edition single-vineyard wines showcase the singular expression of each superb viticultural site.<br/><br/> From the perfect microclimate of the Dry Creek Valley, we produce Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since we have the best of both worlds, we also have property in the very cool growing region of the Russian River Valley where we produce world class single vineyard Chardonnays.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2%<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal:</strong> Cabernet Sauvignon<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> September 2007.<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> July 2008<br/><br/>

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