Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points - Dominated by anise and cola notes, this moderately lean, dark fruited pinot has an elegant bearing. On the palate, black cherry and black raspberry transition to a drying, slightly mentholated finish, with shades of cardamom and clove oil. (Jun 2016)
The Reserve Russian River Pinot Noir medium-bodied and fruit-forward, with flavors of dark cherry and blue and black fruit. A classically styled, well-balanced Pinot Noir.
|Frei Brothers Reserve is a winemaking story more than a century in the making. In 1890, Swiss immigrant Andrew Frei purchased the core of what is now Frei Ranch in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. The superb stretch of land was already a vineyard, but Frei brought it to prominence when he built a winery that produced 20,000 cases of wine annually by 1895. In 1903, Frei turned the winery over to his sons, Walter and Louis, who adopted the name Frei Brothers.
After the repeal of Prohibition, the vineyards caught the eye of Julio Gallo, winemaker for the rapidly expanding E. & J. Gallo Winery. The Gallo family began buying grapes from Frei Ranch, eventually signing an agreement to purchase the estate’s annual wine grape crop.
When Andrew Frei’s descendents retired in the late 1970s, the Gallo family purchased Frei Ranch, further developing the vineyard and the winery. Today, Frei Brothers Reserve carries on the rich legacy of both our home vineyard and Sonoma’s celebrated appellations.