2008 Frei Brothers Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Russian River, Sonoma, CA
WB Rating: 79

Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
Price at time of purchase: $11.19 (Safeway)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I'm guessing this wine was much better 1 - 2 years ago; at present it strikes me as over the hill, though it still comes across as fairly nicely balanced and textured. The aromas and flavors have a somewhat odd nature: some nice baked apple fruitiness (as opposed to the more typical crisp Russian River fruit), but also a serious dose of sherry, with a finish of caramel tending toward burnt sugar. Certainly drinkable, but some tasters may find this more in their comfort zone than I do. - HK 2012-11-25


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