Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County Russian River Valley 2008

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Flavors of green apple, orange zest, and apple pie, which are complemented by buttery and toasty notes. Nutty and ric...

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Santa Cruz, CA (740 mi)
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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... Read more

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 sa... Read more

Gallo's investments in Sonoma have paid off handsomely in appellation specific wines like this Chardonnay. It's complex and layered with a Russian ... Read more

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Snooth User: jocoeveryman
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4.00 5
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: northgardener
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4.00 5
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.


External Reviews for Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay Sonoma County Russian River Valley

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Gallo's investments in Sonoma have paid off handsomely in appellation specific wines like this Chardonnay. It's complex and layered with a Russian River clarity to the flavors. Oak broadens the fruit elements of lemon and apricot, adding a brown sugar glow. But the wine remains dry, finishing with an impression of freshly turned earth. Decant a bottle for veal and porcini stew.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The delicious, honeyed 2008 Chardonnay offers subtle new oak aromas interwoven with tropical fruit, poached pear, and citrus oil characteristics. It should drink nicely for 2-3 years or longer.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A solid Chardonnay that will satisfy fans of the variety. It'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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A warm, caramel and butter-brickle style of Chardonnay, this wine strikes a balance between the broad sweetness of its wood influences and the brighter, leaner fruit. Open it for fish or white meats grilled with a citrusy fruit salsa.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

This is a well-made, mid-weight Chardonnay with hints of orange zest, hazelnut, and some white currants in a medium-bodied, fresh, lively style with a subtle influence of wood. Drink it over the next year.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe, floral, peachy Chardonnay flavors are clean, delicate and full-bodied, but not heavy, ending with a subtle touch of oak. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Perfumed floral and fruity aromas lead to a complex core of earthy pear, citrus and grapey flavors. Drink now.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Flavors of green apple, orange zest, and apple pie, which are complemented by buttery and toasty notes. Nutty and rich, the wine finishes with a silky, full mouthfeel.

Flavors of green apple, orange zest, and apple pie, which are complemented by buttery and toasty notes. Nutty and rich, the wine finishes with a silky, full mouthfeel.

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