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The 2006 growing season began with a very wet winter that lasted through bloom, followed by mild weather up to mid-July. The second part of July saw very warm temperatures, with Coastal regions logging a record three weeks straight of 90 degree-plus days. By August the cooling coastal fog rolled back in, helping slow grape maturity to a more normal pace. The ripening period of August through September was ideal, with moderate temperatures and plenty of sun to gently ripen the fruit. Harvest began in mid-September and was completed in October. Overall, the 2006 vintage was one of the best in many years, with sound, ripe fruit and very few defects in the crop

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Frei Brothers Reserve wines are crafted in a gentle, traditional style enhanced by the use of modern techniques, to produces a wine that is both varietally accurate and reflects the terroir of the Russian River Valley. Chardonnay grapes are whole cluster pressed to eliminate bitterness and to maximize fresh fruit characters. The wine is briefly cold settled and then racked before fermentation. Nearly 100% of this Chardonnay is oak aged for an average of 3 months. The wine also completed malolactic fermentation, resulting in a lush texture and deep, layered flavors which express the Russian River Valley.

Flavors of orange zest, green apple, and white currant. A hint of roasted hazelnut rounds of the finish. At SRP of $20, you’ll see how fresh and accessible a California Chardonnay can be. Greta with chicken, fish or light meats.

The 2006 growing season began with a very wet winter that lasted through bloom, followed by mild weather up to mid-July. The second part of July saw very warm temperatures, with Coastal regions logging a record three weeks straight of 90 degree-plus days. By August the cooling coastal fog rolled back in, helping slow grape maturity to a more normal pace. The ripening period of August through September was ideal, with moderate temperatures and plenty of sun to gently ripen the fruit. Harvest began in mid-September and was completed in October. Overall, the 2006 vintage was one of the best in many years, with sound, ripe fruit and very few defects in the crop.

At Frei Brothers Winery, modern technology makes fruit the focus and showcases the best that each varietal and appellation have to offer. These Pinot Noir grapes were picked in the cool morning, then de-stemmed, but not crushed to retain a significant portion of whole berries during fermentation. After a few days of cold soak, the grapes were allowed to warm and then begin fermentation. Fermentation temperatures were monitored closely to achieve optimum extraction of color, aroma, and flavor resulting in a rich, smooth wine that maintains its earthy characteristics and true Pinot character. Fermentation proceeded with several different yeast strains to give a breadth and depth of aromas and flavors. 100% of the wine was aged in oak barrels for approximately 24 1/2 months. The result: a classically styled, well-balanced Pinot Noir, very Burgundian.

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. Lovely with ripe cheese, here is the perfect wine to enjoy with rack of lamb. Well worth the $30 SRP.

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As with the other grapes, 2006 vintage was one of the best in many years for Russian River Valley Syrah, with sound, ripe fruit and very few defects in the crop.

The idea here is to produce a wine that is both varietally accurate and reflects the terroir of the Russian River Valley. The grapes for the Syrah are gently destemmed with approximately 20%-30% whole berries sent to the fermenter. The whole berry fermentation of these Syrah grapes produce concentrated, fresh, and forward dark fruit flavors in the finished wine. After fermentation, the wine is aged for over 3 months in French and American oak barrels. The wine completes malolactic fermentation to soften the acids, and the barrels are racked during aging to clarify the wine naturally and to assist in the aging process.

Big and rich with earthy aromas and flavors of dark blue and black berries, with a hint of black pepper spice. Balanced with subtle notes of smoke and toast, this full bodied Syrah has intense flavors with soft tannins and a long concentrated finish. It asks for a juicy steak and with a SRP of $24, you can afford it.

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