Frei Brothers, established in 1890, is one of the oldest wineries in Sonoma valley, Califonia. In the late 1970’s the brothers retired and sold to Gallo, one of the 800 pound gorillas in wine production. Located in Alexander Valley in Sonoma county, the property is over 300 acres of vineyards and natural land. Frei Brothers wines are now produced at a large Gallo winery in nearby Dry Creek Valley where other Sonoma brands (Louis Martini and MacMurray) are made.
Alexander Valley appellation is 15,000 acres located on the western side of the mountains separating Sonoma and Napa valleys. The climate is ideal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon – hot sun during the day and cooling coastal fog in the evening.
Alexander Valley cabs have a distinct character. Jordan and Silver Oak are two prominent neighbors producing highly rated Alexander Valley cab although a different price-point.
Alexander Valley, Sonoma $22. Wine Spectator rating 92 says “Combines firm, dark fruit and chewy tannins with a measure of finesse and refinement. Ends with gripping, cedary tannins, bolstered by good length and depth. Drink now through 2024. 50,000 cases made.”
DID YOU KNOW? The word “Reserve” has NO meaning when it appears on USA wines – it’s only marketing speak. In other parts of the world, such as Italy and Spain, Riserva has specific requirements within the appellation such as aging and alcohol content. For example, Chianti Riserva is aged for 24 months versus Chianti aged for 12 months.
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