Frei Brothers Chardonnay 2013

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Brick, NJ (37 mi)
USD 16.99
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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 en... Read more

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... Read more

Interesting portrayal of this famous variety. Typical Chardonnay nose with hints of oak and vanilla. Strikingly sweet taste with hints of tropical ... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Frei Brothers Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,190
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


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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: 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
7345005
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.


Snooth User: Darkstar67235
13744642
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/20/2009

I have only recently begun to delve into the huge world that is California Chardonnay. Frei Brothers Russian River Valley Reserve 2007 is one of my early favorites. The wine has a rich golden color in the bowl, and the aroma of fresh cedar and lemongrass are in the nose. The first taste revealed to me what a "big" chradonnay is like, with layers of green apples and citrus fruit surrounded by buttery, toasty oak. The flavors stretched on for a long finish. I'm also not one to be a slave to traditional pairings, and this Chardonnay went great with my grilled steak, Baked potato, and sauteed green beans.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 03/17/2009

Very interesting Chardonnay from California. Hints of peach and pear on the nose and apple flavors while tasting. Crisp, with a nice and attractive oaky overtone.


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External Reviews for Frei Brothers Chardonnay

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: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2012 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: 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: 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: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2011 03/09/2013

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
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: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 02/26/2013

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


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2011 03/17/2014

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2009 12/31/2012

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2009 05/13/2014

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2008 04/20/2012

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2008 07/31/2013

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