A Carignane wine from Mendocino California, Frick Carignane 2004 has unique and special qualities. Fresh blackberry and black cherry aromas. Wild bramble berry, raspberry, ollalliberry and black cherry flavors. Ripe and complex with round soft tannins. A long lingering fruity finish. Frick Carignane is so special that it doesn't need advertising or wine critics supporting it. This wine has followers through word of mouth. It's 100% Carignane grapes harvested in October 2005. Native of the Rhone River Valley, Southern France and Northern Spain, this variety is a versatile blender used to add acid, color and body to other varieties. On its own it is a special treat for those that enjoy a wines with rich berry aroma, taste and mouthfeel. The 2005 vintage produced only 360 cases. Drink now to 2015.
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Bill Frick and Judith Gannon started this winery in 1976 with the proceeds from the sale of their 1957 Chevrolet. In the small, cool winery, hidden away on a back road, Bill Frick hand crafts complex, rare wines that reflect the true character of the grape. Frick Wines are individually crafted by hand. Traditional time honored methods of wine making are employed; that include hand harvesting the grapes, punching the cap by hand during fermentation, soft pressing, no fining or filtering and aging in small oak barrels.
Just west of Hopland in Mendocino County, a town once renowned for fine hops grown on rich Russian River silt, the Feliz Creek area is rocky and well drained with vineyards that date back to the 19th century. This Carignane vineyard has survived every change and fad in wine trends. The vines were planted over 100 years ago and offer low yield, solid old vine character. Maintaining tradition, the vineyard is head pruned (with no trellis) and dry farmed (not irrigated).
RATINGS: Frick Winery is not known to submit wines for rating. They feel that word of mouth is sufficient to sell the small production of the wines that they make.
Recommended Pairing: Roast chicken, minestrone soup, leg of lamb, spaghetti squash, osso bucco.