Frei Brothers Pinot Noir Reserve from the Russian River Valley is noted for both its smoothness and its adherence to the expectation that a Pinot Noir should be “done right”. The 2012 Pinot Noir is all that and more.
With more and more emphasis on how wine growers impact the environment, Frei Brothers have taken a leading role in minimizing that impact while producing very good wines. One of the early believers in sustainability and low environmental impact, the winery works hard to provide a good wine with Earth-friendly growing techniques.
The 2012 Pinot Noir is a fruit-forward wine. It is typical of the good Pinot Noirs from the Russian River Valley. From the beginning the flavors come forth and surround the glass as it is poured. Boysenberries and cherries predominate, with a subtle hint of pomegranate as it develops. Later a pleasant vanilla emerges as the wine develops.
Coming from the Russian River Valley, one typically expects a quality wine. One of the significant reasons for this is the marine climate which directly influences the growth of the grapes during the season. Because of the micro-climates encountered in the area (fog in the AM, warm afternoons and moderate evenings), the grapes have the ability to develop into clusters ready for the seasonal harvest.
In 2012 the season was near-perfect for the development of Pinot Noir grapes. Minimal rainfall (now considered year one of the current drought) led to excellent grape growth. With the normal fogs and sunny afternoons, the growth terminated in grapes which were considered to be some of the best of recent harvests.
After harvest the grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for two days. No crush was done during this process. The results were grapes which maintained a beautiful color and kept a fullness in the mouth after tasting. Fermentation was done at a maximum temperature of 83°; the result was the maintenance of a hint of lavender and a stronger boysenberry after bottling.
The juices underwent pump-overs and circular rotations to insure an even taste when bottled. After primary fermentation the wine was aged in French and American Oak tanks for over eight months. When bottled, it was noted for its color and smoothness, a trait common in high quality Pinot Noirs.
This nice wine is 100% Russian River Valley AVA Pinot Noir. The alcohol content is a typical 14.5% and the PH is 3.76.
The 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is definitely worth seeking out. 24,000 cases were produced and the SRP is $27.00, making it a nice wine at a price commensurate with its quality.
Enjoy and have a winederful day!