Founded by an army and family of one, Patrick Krutz, Krutz Family Cellars has just recently grown into its “full” business name. The 2003-’06 vintages were crafted entirely by Patrick. Youngest brother Cole came on the scene in 2007 and has been assisting in the cellar ever since. Also joining the operation (and the family) in 2008 was Rebecca Krutz. She and Patrick met in Napa Valley in the summer of 2007 and were married the next year. Together, they have two sons, Patrick II and Tripp Morris, along with a daughter, Ellie. When the business was founded, the word “Family” was included due to Patrick’s close family ties, but now it encompasses an even bigger and broader meaning. After all, anyone that enjoys a bottle of Krutz Family Cellars is a part of our extended family. I have been happily impressed by Patrick’s winemaking skills over the years, and this wine is just another accolade in my book!
In a recent blind tasting of 2011 Chardonnays I am happy to report that this 100 case production kicked some “dust” – the lineup was impressive:
- Littorai “Thierot” (94 Parker)
- Anderson Conn Valley (93 Parker)
- Hartford “Four Harts” (94 Parker)
- Keller “Oro de Plata” (92 Parker)
- Arnot-Roberts (92 Parker)
- Beringer Private Reserve (92 WS)
- Aubert “Ritchie” (96 Parker)
- Kistler “Hudson” (95 Parker)
- Paul Hobbs “Ritchie” (94 Parker)
- Failla “Hudson” (93 Parker)
- Lucia (by Pisoni) Soberanos (92 WS)
- Krutz “Martinelli Road”
The winner by a horse length – KRUTZ MARTINELLI ROAD!
Krutz 2011 Martinelli Road Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
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On the nose this 100 case production showcases exotic citrus aromas echo of pineapple, apricot, kiwi and orange peel. The wine has an amazing body. The palate shows an awesome display of complex flavors. A touch of minerality and crisp, citrus with a touch of apricot and butterscotch. The texture is exceptional with a whiff of vanilla framing a lingering, long finish.
Also check out KRUTZ 2009 SYRAH “STAGECOACH” NAPA VALLEY (Free Shipping on six – use code KRUTZSYR09)