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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2009
Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 109591)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 87 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is soft and complex. It reflects its cool climate source with flavors of green apple, orange zest, and apple pie, which are complemented by buttery and toasty notes. With nutty and rich flavors, the wine finishes with a silky, full mouthfeel.
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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.