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Frei Brothers crafts their Reserve wines 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. Their 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.
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.
Flavors of orange zest, green apple, and white currant. A hint of roasted hazelnut rounds of the finish.
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