Full Review

Frey

Frey
2016 Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites & USDA Certified Organic
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Frey
2016 Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sautéed mushrooms, raspberry jam, toasted herb scone, tea with milk and sugar, and raisin swirl toast with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, refreshing, medium-length finish that shows accents of died figs and dates with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing Pinot that doesn’t skimp on fruit and earth.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: sautéed mushrooms, raspberry jam, toasted herb scone, tea with milk and sugar, and raisin swirl toast
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of died figs and dates
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Mixed Nuts, Roasted Root Vegetables with Truffles, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing Pinot that doesn't skimp on fruit and earth.

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.
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.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.