Winery Focus- by Ann Coppinger
We put in the Cabernet and the Pinot Noir from Matthew Fritz during the 2015 holidays. We considered those two reds one of our best “finds” of the year. In January 2016 we were thrilled to learn the winery also produced a Sonoma Chardonnay from all Alexander Valley fruit. We featured it the following two months. Last month, we found their Sauvignon Blanc from Napa and this just screamed “Winery Focus”. We asked for an all-inclusive deal, and got it!
Matthew Fritz is the brainchild of Matt Bonanno and Fritz Stuhlmuller, both seasoned wine makers and already connected with the best growers in Sonoma. The fruit for these wines are sourced from wineries that are protected by non-disclosure agreements. Matt and Fritz will only disclose that the same fruit with a different label retails for between $20 and $30 per bottle!
Wine maker George Bursick created their Alexander Valley Chardonnay. George is responsible for 18 of the top 100 wines in the Wine Spectator over his career. Matt and Fritz blended the Napa fruit for their Sauvignon Blanc themselves. One quarter of this wine hails from Calistoga. Both whites are now on sale for $10.99.
The Pinot Noir was sourced from two prized single-vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa. Matt and Fritz blended this themselves creating an intensely red-berried flavored wine framed with firm acidity from a classic vintage. Wine maker Jim Maloney made the Cabernet with fruit sourced from many vineyards across California with 25% coming from the Red Hills AVA of Lake County. This exhibits dark fruits, brown spices, a toast from 16 months of oak aging, and a fresh acidity. Both reds are now on sale for $11.99.
These wines are truly deals while not on sale, but for the next two months, they’re Screaming Deals.