Fritz Underground Winery
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
Puttin' on the Fritz
Perhaps the best straight-up Chardonnay we’ve tasted all year from the Russian River Valley. Easily beats out $45+ single vineyard RRV & Sonoma Coast bottles we’ve sampled. It just has an amazing combination of richness and nerve that speak to its high fruit quality, experienced winemaking, and prized Goldridge dust soil.
The Wine Enthusiast rated the Fritz Chardonnay 91 points and had this to say about it:
“Crème brûlée informs the creamy backbone of an otherwise high-toned Chardonnay, the acidity brisk on the palate without veering over the edge. Layers of apple and pear give additional lift in between a yeasty texture.”
Lemon-lime curd, pear, apple, toasted nuts.
Luscious and round with lots of orchard fruit, citrus oil, cream and nuttiness.
Lovely ripeness and underlying acidity. Oily and crunchy at the same time. Excellent Chardonnay from the best spot in the Russian River Valley to grow it - on that powdery Goldridge soil.
Sashimi slayer! Generally speaking, that which started in the ocean is your best partner. Nothing wrong with a caesar salad topped with grilled chicken, either.
What the Winery Says
- Grape Varietal
- 100% Chardonnay
- Vineyard Source
- Fritz estate vineyard near Sebastopol, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
- Brad Longton
- 14.3 %
- 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast