Fritz Underground Winery

+1 (707).894.3389 24691 Dutcher Creek Rd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425
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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 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 Read more »

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  • Melon

    In the 1970s and 1980s, in a period when varietal accuracy on wine labels was often a secondary thought much of what ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Rose 2006

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    Wine review by naughtonkp


  • Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    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. Read More

    Wine review by Hana Choi


  • Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    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. The... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fritz Cellars Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek 2008

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    This has a wonderfully brambly nose that might remind more of Zin than Cabernet at first but the fine herbal edge to the black currant and black cherry fruit pulls it back into Cab land. there are intriguing notes of camphor, almondy oak tobacco and a play-doh element here. Supple and juicy in the mouth with rich, fresh blackberry and black cher... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fritz Winery Pinot Noir Reserve Russian River Valley 2007

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    Cola and spice on the nose with a nice herbal/carob background note framing somewhat wild berry fruit. The fruit is multifaceted with hints of juniper, boysenberry, blueberry and cherry. Super smooth and supple in the mouth though this has nicely refreshing acidity. Really light and elegant in the mouth with taut black cherry flavors and gentle... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fritz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Wine review by maddog1984


  • Frtiz Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006

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    Having generally good experience with other Russian River Pinot Noirs, I picked this one randomly off the Gelson's shelf on the way to a dinner party. I just could not arrive empty handed. What a pleasant surprise it was! It's a medium body, slight leaning towards dark fruit rather than cherry. Tannin that should insure it holds up in the bottle... Read More

    Wine review by bambooken


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  • Frtiz Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2006

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    Jammy and smooth. Great with a pork shouler! Read More

    Wine review by kripstopher


  • Fritz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Wine review by mistazang


  • Fritz Winery Zinfandel Estate Reserve Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    I've been leery of 2006 zins - it wasn't a good year, but I ended up liking this one. I have quite a few bottles of it. The wine has all of the boldness that I appreciate in a Dry Creek Valley zin. I'm not really good with describing wines, but I know what I like in Zinfandel - bold with a spicy finish, not too fruit-forward. Read More

    Wine review by jacket88


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