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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Frei Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir 2005
Frei Brothers Reserve Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 89997)

PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Keeping with the tradition established by Andrew Frei in 1890, Frei Brothers Reserve wines are crafted to reveal the personality of the land and bring out the natural expression of the fruit from which they are created. This is why the Russian River Valley was chosen as the home of their Pinot Noir. The Russian River Valley is regarded as one of the world's preeminent wine-growing regions. Close to the sea, the valley's summer warmth is moderated by fog and other cooling maritime influences, creating an ideal climate for Pinot Noir grapes.

Frei Brothers Reserve wines possess a fruit-forward character with intense aromas and flavors that reflect the land and climate of the 2005 vintage in which the grapes are grown. The 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir is medium-bodied. Its terroir driven profile is showcased beautifully in the red/black fruit aromas. A mid-palate of red cherry is overlaid with hints of earthy blue and black berries typical of the Green Valley region where the grapes originate. This wine has a rich mouth feel and is delicately balanced with sweet vanilla oak notes and tannins that are well structured on the palate.

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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.