Friday, June 14, 2013

Chardonnay, FREI BROTHERS, "RESERVE" SUSTAINABLY GROWN Russian River Valley, California, 2011

Frei Brothers rich history stretches back to 1890, when Swiss immigrant Andrew Frei purchased the the land that is now Frei Ranch in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley.  Already a vineyard, Frei developed it and built a winery that produced 20,000 cases of wine annually in 1895. By 1903, Frei's sons, Walter and Louis, took over running the winery and they adopted the name Frei Brothers.  After Prohibition the Gallo family began buying grapes from Frei Ranch, eventually signing an agreement to purchase the estate's annual wine grape crop.  By the late 1970s Andrew Frei's descendents retired and the Gallo family purchased Frei Ranch, further developing the vineyard and the winery; carrying on the legacy and tradition.
  • Green Apple
  • Orange Zest
  • Apple Pie
  • Butter And Toast
  • Nutty Flavors
  • Silky Finish
The Russian River Valley swings from cool fog-cloaked mornings to sunny warm days and cool, refreshing evenings with breezes from the Pacific Ocean.  This unique macroclimate allows for the slow and even maturation of our fruit, developing distinct flavors in our wines which reflect this great Sonoma terroir.  These Chardonnay grapes were whole cluster pressed to prevent any bitterness and maximize the fresh fruit flavors. Then then wine went through malolactic fermentation, which resulted in a plush texture and deep, layered flavors that allow the glorious expression of the Russian River Valley.
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