2012 Dry Creek Valley
$26.00 a bottle
There is still something special you can find at Sonoma County Wineries. The cute rustic tasting rooms, with the owner and or winemaker pouring their wines behind the bar. When visiting the tasting room it is a true personal, educational experience with Bill Frick the owner and winemaker at Frick Winery in Geyserville, California. Bill and Judith Gannon started the winery in the Dry Creek Valley back in 1976 with the sale of their 1957 Chevrolet. The focus at Frick Winery is on rare Rhone varietals and unusual blends. Their Syrah, Viognier, Cinsaut, Grenache, Counoise, Carignane, Grenache Blanc and Mourvedre, all grow on steep hillsides of the Dry Creek Valley which are showered with sun. Proving with his bottles to be the perfect place for these Rhone grapes.
On a visit this Summer to Frick Winery, I was very amazed with the whole tasting. Meeting Bill Frick and tasting his lovely Rhone bottles was truly a special experience. The Cinsaut was definitely a favorite I tasted that day.
Cinsaut is a rare Rhone varietal with only 7 acres planted in Sonoma County. Frick Winery's Cinsaut is grown on two acres in the western Dry Creek Valley, in dusty clay soil. These grapes grow on 55 year old vines that are dry farmed. Once harvested, they spend 22 months in 59 gallon casks. A beautiful wine, dark garnet red in color. Aromas of raspberries, strawberries and anise. This wine has lots of lush, seductive red fruits on the palate. First tasting strawberries, raspberries and red cherries, finishing with great earthiness and wet stone. Definitely one incredible bottle of Cinsaut that Bill Frick has created. If in the Dry Creek Valley a must stop for great Rhone wines and the perfect Sonoma wine country experience. Frick winery is open Saturday and Sunday 12-4:30.