I am a huge fan of Russian River Pinot Noir. Pinot from this region is synonymous with bright, berry fruit, present tannins, and balanced acidity. Typically, the wine is complex and has characteristics of cherry, blueberry and raspberry alongside spices and herbs (think cinnamon, tarragon, or rosemary). There is also typically a quality that it often described as “forest floor” and “mushrooms”, which are two of my favorite qualities in a Pinot.
Why does Pinot Noir do so well in the Russian River Valley? The region is prime for this picky grape: coastal fog rolls into the valley and cools the climate, which Pinot grapes need in order to thrive. It is no wonder that the number of acres in the Russian River Valley devoted to Pinot Noir is increasing faster than any other variety.
The 2007 Pinot Noir from Fritz was aged in 80% new French oak for 11 months. It exudes aromas of cherries, dried cranberries, floral notes and thyme. Lots of black cherries and spices on the palate, and velvety, silky tannins. Yum.