For more than three decades, the winemakers and winegrowers for Frei Brothers Reserve have felt that preserving natural resources is of the greatest importance. Since their humble beginnings, Frei Brothers Reserve has seen a lot of changes—big and small. 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.
Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010
The grapes for this wine were gently destemmed but not crushed, leaving a significant number of whole berries for fermentation. The must received approximately 10 days of skin contact to enhance the extraction of vivid color and intense flavors. Temperatures were closely monitored and kept at approximately 85°F during fermentation to yield a richer, rounder mouthfeel and body in the wine. This Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve possesses a dense ruby/purple color, deep, medium to full-bodied flavors, lots of black currant, underbrush and loamy soil notes intertwined with a hint of oak, and a robust, extroverted, impressive finish.
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Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2008
The grapes for Frei Brother Reserve Merlot were destemmed, but not crushed, to retain a significant portion of whole berries for fermentation. They find that whole berry fermentation produces concentrated dark fruit flavors in the finished Merlot. Both upright and horizontal rotary fermentors were used to gently mix the juice and skins, which prevents the extraction of tannic, bitter flavors. Fermentation temperatures were closely monitored and were kept between 85-88ºF. After fermentation, 100% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation to soften the acids and to add complexity. The wine was then aged in French and European oak barrels for an average of 6 months.
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