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Frei Brothers Chardonnay 2012

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Our Chardonnay grapes are whole cluster pressed to eliminate bitterness and maximize fresh fruit characters. The wine completed malolactic fermentation, which resulted in a plush texture and deep, layered flavors that express the terroir of the Russian River Valley.

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Frei Brothers Reserve:
Frei Brothers Reserve was established in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley by Swiss immigrant Andrew Frei. In operation since 1890, Frei Ranch and the winery have played an integral part in establishing the region’s premier reputation for winemaking and continue to produce exceptional wines today by carrying on the rich legacy of both their home vineyard and Sonoma’s celebrated growing regions. ... Read more
Frei Brothers Reserve was established in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley by Swiss immigrant Andrew Frei. In operation since 1890, Frei Ranch and the winery have played an integral part in establishing the region’s premier reputation for winemaking and continue to produce exceptional wines today by carrying on the rich legacy of both their home vineyard and Sonoma’s celebrated growing regions. Frei Brothers Reserve begins by growing the best grapes in the best growing regions and ends with award-winning wines. Frei Brothers Reserve also believes in better choices and better wine–today and for generations to come. Led by chief viticulturist Jim Collins, the wines are a pure expression of the land, made from premium grapes carefully grown in some of the best wine-growing regions in Sonoma County, including the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. The winery crafts six critically acclaimed wines, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel. Making better choices is also a part of the Frei Brothers Reserves sustainability journey that seeks to preserve natural resources without compromising the quality of the wine. The winery’s efforts have been certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance and include some of the following programs: • For every acre of land planted in vineyard, Frei Brothers Reserve sets aside one acre to be preserved as natural habitat • When the winery at Frei Ranch needed to expand, the brand chose to transplant a row of 20 redwood trees rather than cut them down • Frei Brothers Reserve uses fewer harsh chemicals, creating less pollution and reducing energy output • The winery treats and reuses 80 percent of its wastewater for activities like irrigation and frost protection • When replanting, the winery chips old vines for use as compost instead of burning them For more information, visit Frei Brothers Reserve on Facebook at Facebook.com/FreiBrothersReserve Read less

External Reviews for Frei Brothers Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

The 2012 Chardonnay (nearly 14% alcohol) is barrel-fermented and aged in a combination of wood barrels, tanks and stainless steel barrels with wood staves. It exhibits lots of pineapple and mango fruit along with medium body, crisp acidity and good freshness as well as purity. This delicious Chardonnay should drink well for 3–4 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/28/2014

Fresh, clean apple and pear flavors have a pithy edge, joined by a touch of lemon peel. Good length. Drink now.


External Review
09/12/2013

This Chardonnay expresses toasty aromas and complex varietal characters of lemon and citrus fruit, which harmonize beautifully in its soft, mellow finish.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/17/2014

Our Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a soft and complex reflection of one of Sonoma's most renowned cool-climate regions. This wine has great varietal character, with flavors of ripe green apple and delectable baked apple pie, balanced by sweet aromas of toasted oak and butter. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouthfeel. - WineryTitratable Acidity: 0.49g/100mlpH: 3.51Alcohol Level: 13.9%Residual Sugar: .53g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/29/2015

Our Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a soft and complex reflection of one of Sonoma’s most renowned cool-climate regions. This wine has great varietal character, with flavors of ripe green apple and delectable baked apple pie, balanced by sweet aromas of toasted oak and butter. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouthfeel. - Winery Titratable Acidity: 0.49g/100ml pH: 3.51 Alcohol Level: 13.9% Residual Sugar: .53g/100ml



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Our Chardonnay grapes are whole cluster pressed to eliminate bitterness and maximize fresh fruit characters. The wine completed malolactic fermentation, which resulted in a plush texture and deep, layered flavors that express the terroir of the Russian River Valley.

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