Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Frei Brothers Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of earthy cigar box and ripe plum, framed by smoky undertones. On the palate, flavors of blackberry and tea leaf culminate in a complex finish with velvety tannins.
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About Frei Brothers:

In the late 1880s, an enterprising Swiss immigrant by the name of Andrew Frei gazed upon the rolling hills, gentle streams, and fertile soil of Sonoma County and saw a wine glass of opportunity. By 1890, he was the proud owner of a 344 acre vineyard in northern Sonoma, giving birth to a winemaking tradition that is very much alive today.

Frei didn't waste any precious time once he acquired the land. By 1895, he was producing 20,000 cases of high quality wine that was stored in huge redwood casks.

In spite of a devastating blight of phylloxera, by 1904 the winery had actually increased in size and production. Now in his seventies, Frei turned the business over to his two sons, Walter and Louis. In 1903, the winery was officially named Frei Bros.

The Frei Bros. Winery continued to grow over the years, in spite of disasters such as the one that occurred in 1919, when a curious piece of legislation that came to be known as Prohibition put many an American winery out of business.

Again, the Frei family persevered, and now you can taste the legacy of a great winemaking tradition in Frei Brothers Reserve, a new release that combines the spirit of old world winemaking techniques with grapes that are hand selected from some of Sonoma's finest vineyards.