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.
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- Ships Tomorrow2013-12-12
Sweet aromas of toasted oak and butter, balanced by flavors of ripe green apple and delectable baked apple pie. more
- Ships Tomorrow2013-12-12
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. more
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Flavors of boysenberry, pomegranate and cherry, framed by hints of lavender, vanilla and clove. more
Frei Brothers 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a soft and complex reflection of one of Sonoma's most renowned cool-climate regions. This wine has great varietal character, with sweet aromas of toasted oak and butter, balanced by flavors of ripe green apple and delectable baked apple pie. The... more
Upon first taste, Frei Brothers 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon immediately exhibits aromas of dusty blackberry and lilting tones of mint. This wine displays the hallmarks of Alexander Valley through sagebrush and mocha flavors accompanied by an unmistakable mouthfeel density.
The 2010 Merlot captures the rich, ripe flavors of the Dry Creek Valley terroir. Aromas and flavors of red licorice, Satsuma plums, red fruit jam and blackberry meld with hints of toasted oak, milk chocolate and medium-roasted coffee. This medium-bodied wine delivers excellent structure and an... more
The 2010 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is a soft and complex reflection of one of Sonoma's most renowned cool-climate regions. This wine displays flavors of green apple, orange zest and apple pie, complemented by notes of butter and toast. The rich, nutty flavors in this Chardonnay lead to a... more
This 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with flavors of dark cherry, blueberry and blackberry . This wine has an earthy and robust character, which is framed by subtle hints of oak from French and American barrels. This wine showcases the extraordinary dark fruit flavors that... more
This 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc captures great varietal character with bright acidity accompanied by aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, melon and fresh cut grass along with hints of vanilla and cream. Layers of complexity are enhanced through sur lies aging on the oak, which extend... more
Our Zinfandel reflects the classic fruit flavors of the Dry Creek Valley, offering flavors of blueberry and raspberry jam, with spicy notes of black pepper. The decadent texture of this wine develops into an opulent finish. more
Our 2009 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc's lively acidity is complemented with aromas of citrus, melon, and fresh cut grass with hints of vanilla and cream. The aromas extend through to the palate and culminate in a crisp, light, enduring finish. more
Our 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel displays classic fruit flavors of red and black currant and bramble berry. Spicy notes of black pepper, white pepper, and nutmeg add layers, and the finish is elegant and mouth-coating. more