Frick Winery Dry Creek Valley
Small Rhône specialist with further interesting releases from Carignane, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Counoise are made as well as the wines below. Bill Frick produces bespoke wines from 2 ha (5 acres) of vines on a small property established in 1976 in a cooler sector of the Dry Creek Valley. Key to the style here is a naturally stressed vineyard planted on steep, well-drained slopes. The result is vines which struggle just sufficiently in order to achieve fruit with real intensity. The wines are not huge blockbusters but nevertheless show rich and concentrated fruit with balance and finesse.
A Cinsault rosé is also produced and new is C Squared, a Rhône-style blend of Cinsault and old vine Carignane and C Cubed a combination of Cinsaut, Carignane and Counoise. Dry Creek is also the source of two further blends Côtes du Dry Creek White and Red as well as Garibaldi a very unusual field blend that includes Carignane, Grenache, Muscat Blanc, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Valdeque, Mission, Palomino and Burger. The range is completed by Lucia which combines Cinsaut, Syrah and Counoise. All offer good value. (DM)
To find out more about Frick and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to California North Coast..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)