Full Review

Frey

Frey
2016 Malbec, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Turkey

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites & USDA Certified Organic
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Frey
2016 Malbec, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Turkey

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and citrus peels, flowers, and spiced berries and plantains with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, brisk finish revealing nuances of vanilla and chocolate custard, huckleberry and tomato relish, peppered nuts, and slate with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A juicy and bright malbec that drinks a bit like a Cru Beaujolais.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Quaffable & New World
Aroma Aroma: chocolate nuts and citrus peels, flowers, and spiced berries and plantains
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of vanilla and chocolate custard, huckleberry and tomato relish, peppered nuts, and slate
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Duck Cassoulet, Turkey Reuben Sandwich, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A juicy and bright malbec that drinks a bit like a Cru Beaujolais.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

The Producer
14000 Tomki Rd
Redwood Valley, CA 95470
USA
1 707-485-5177

Their Portfolio

87 Frey 2015 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $15.00.
87 Frey 2015 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 14% (USA) $18.00.
80 Frey NV Rosé, Redwood Valley 12% (USA) $9.00.
93 Frey 2015 Spin, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
83 Frey 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00.
83 Frey 2015 Organic, Syrah, California 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
86 Frey 2014 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $16.50.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 13.4% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
88 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Merlot, Mendocino 13.2% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2016 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey NV Dry Rosé, California 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
88 Frey NV White Zinfandel, Mendocino 12.4% (USA) $9.00.
84 Frey 2014 Estate Grown & Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $16.50.
89 Frey 2016 Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
89 Frey 2016 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2016 Gewurztraminer, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $14.00.
84 Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50.
88 Frey 2016 Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
90 Frey 2016 Viognier, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
89 Frey 2016 Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
80 Frey 2007 Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00.
89 Frey NV Natural Red Blend, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00.
82 Frey 2016 Merlot, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
90 Frey 2016 Malbec, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Frey 2017 Biodynamic Field Blend Red, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
85 Frey 2016 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2016 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13% (USA) $18.00.
87 Frey 2016 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $18.00.
86 Frey 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.1% (USA) $14.00.
86 Frey 2017 Merlot, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00.
81 Frey 2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2017 Chardonnay, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2017 Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $15.00.
81 Frey 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.1% (USA) $14.00.
84 Frey 2016 Biodynamic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $20.00.
83 Frey 2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
80 Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50.
80 Frey NV Natural Rosé, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
89 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.6% (USA) $20.00.
84 Frey NV Organic, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00.
89 Frey NV Organic Agriculturist Red Blend, Mendocino 14% (USA) $12.50.
88 Frey 2018 Organic, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
86 Frey 2016 Organic, Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
84 Frey 2016 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
81 Frey 2016 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $20.00.
87 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Syrah, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
84 Frey 2016 Organic, Viognier, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
84 Frey NV Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00.
87 Frey 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey 2018 Sun and Rain, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Pacific Redwood NV Organic Red Blend, California 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
85 Pacific Redwood NV Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 14% (USA) $12.00.
89 SPIN 2015 Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.

Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice, and, in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble array of foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.