Frei Brothers Chardonnay 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A bit subdued on the nose with a nice core of pineapple and lime zest fruit overlaid with spicy, sweet, slightly marshmallowy oak. A bit soft on entry, then this turns fairly firm in the mouth with a nice spine of acid lending freshness to apple and almost peachy fruit that is wrapped in caramel and creme brulee accents. there’s a hint of creaminess that emerges on the backend along with a mineral note and some grilled pineapple flavors. That creamy note takes over on the finish, along with a touch of tannins, giving this power and drive on the moderately long finish. A bit big and obvious but well done in the style. Hopefully the wood integrates a bit over the coming year. 87pts

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Frei Brothers Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,885
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 03/17/2014

A bit subdued on the nose with a nice core of pineapple and lime zest fruit overlaid with spicy, sweet, slightly marshmallowy oak. A bit soft on entry, then this turns fairly firm in the mouth with a nice spine of acid lending freshness to apple and almost peachy fruit that is wrapped in caramel and creme brulee accents. there’s a hint of creaminess that emerges on the backend along with a mineral note and some grilled pineapple flavors. That creamy note takes over on the finish, along with a touch of tannins, giving this power and drive on the moderately long finish. A bit big and obvious but well done in the style. Hopefully the wood integrates a bit over the coming year. 87pts


Member Reviews for Frei Brothers Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,885
4.40 5
Vintage: 2011 03/17/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Heather B
1267831125
3.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/31/2013

On first taste, this wine was pleasant but fairly unremarkable. We drank it first with a salad course (basic green salad with vinaigrette), and it was not a great pairing. We drank a second glass with a rich roast chicken and it was fantastic - it unearthed the richer flavors claimed on the bottle. With the salad alone, only the green apple notes seemed strong. Price: David bought it on sale, around $12


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/19/2011

Interesting portrayal of this famous variety. Typical Chardonnay nose with hints of oak and vanilla. Strikingly sweet taste with hints of tropical fruit and crispiness similar to that of a pinot grio. Very easy drinking wine the reminds me of sitting outside in the sun in summertime.


Snooth User: Mazzeo
891336366
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/07/2011

Good with bite


Snooth User: cehughes
74519214
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/13/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: northgardener
4690825
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/17/2010

Unimpressive nose of apple and straw. Nice balance of apple,pear,citrus and hint of oak followed by a crisp finish. A very nice wine with smoked salmon, crackers & cheese, or just by itself.


Snooth User: jocoeveryman
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/17/2011

I really like this wine for the balance. It is nice fruit of apple and tropical notes typical of the climate. It demonstrates a restrained use of oak but you can tell it is there and the malo doesn't leave it feeling flabby....in fact there is some nice acidity. This is a good example of when medium isn't bad. With Chardonnay, for me, more isn't always better.


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External Reviews for Frei Brothers Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 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: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 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: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2012 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
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/11/2014

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. - Winery Titratable Acidity: 0.49g/100ml pH: 3.51 Alcohol Level: 13.9% Residual Sugar: .53g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 02/25/2013

Flavors of green apple, orange zest and apple pie, complemented by notes of butter and toast. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouthfeel. - WineryTitratable Acidity: 0.48g/100mlpH: 3.51Alcohol Level: 13.92%Residual Sugar: .51g/100ml


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 06/17/2014

Flavors of green apple, orange zest and apple pie, complemented by notes of butter and toast. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a silky finish and a plush mouthfeel. - WineryTitratable Acidity: 0.48g/100mlpH: 3.51Alcohol Level: 13.92%Residual Sugar: .51g/100ml ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2012

A solid Chardonnay that will satisfy fans of the variety. Itrsquo;s a sleekly tart, streamlined wine, with vanilla oak and buttered toast influences acting on the pineapples and green apples. Finishes a little sweet, but crisp.


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