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2016 Fritz Russian River Pinot Noir
2016 Fritz Russian River Pinot Noir

Fritz Winery
2016 Pinot Noir
, Russian River Valley

This classic Russian River Pinot Noir leads with vibrant aromas of Bing cherry, cranberry and red apple skin. Subtle hints of vanilla, white sage and forest floor provide added depth and complexity. The mouthfeel exhibits a balance of juicy fruit, bright acid, and soft tannin with a lingering finish with echoes of cherry and raspberry. Delicious!

Tasting Notes
Burgundy in color, this wine has intoxicating aromas of black fruit that softly opens up, allowing for hints of baking spices. This Russian River Pinot is rich in texture with perfectly balanced acidity and firm, bold tannins. The fruit was de-stemmed only so that whole berries were transferred to open top fermenters, to help capture bright fruit aromas and flavors. Once it hits your palate it expresses flavors of Bing cherry, plum, black currant, and savory spices. The wine finishes elegantly with lingering flavors of cherry, raspberry and cocoa powder. We're loving this!

Winemaking
The fruit was de-stemmed only so that whole berries were transferred to open top fermenters, to help capture bright fruit aromas and flavors. After 5 days of a cold soak the tanks were warmed which allowed the juice to ferment naturally. The tanks were punched down 2-3 times per day for 10 days allowing skin contact for color and flavor extraction. The wine was then drained off the skins and placed in 30% New French barrels and aged for 10 months.

Analysis
Varietal:  Pinot Noir
Appellation:  Russian River Valley
Aging:  30% new French oak for 10 months
pH:  3.68
Alcohol:  13.9%
Production:  1500 cases

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