Full Review

Frey

Frey
2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Charbono

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$18

Frey
2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork

Category: Charbono

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried berries, stewed plums, parmesan, clay, waxy chocolate, and musk with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a buoyant finish with accents of black pepper and toast with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. Dried fruit and nuts take center in this atypical Charbono.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: dried berries, stewed plums, parmesan, clay, waxy chocolate, and musk
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of black pepper and toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Ribs, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Dried fruit and nuts take center in this atypical charbono.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

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

Their Portfolio

85 Chateau Frey 2018 Organic, Pinot Gris, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
88 Chateau Frey 2019 Organic Red, Mendocino 14% (USA) $18.00.
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.
BR Frey 2014 Estate Grown & Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Frey 2016 Gewurztraminer, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Frey 2007 Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Frey NV Natural Red Blend, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00.
BR Frey 2016 Merlot, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Frey 2016 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Frey 2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2017 Chardonnay, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Frey 2017 Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $15.00.
BR Frey 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.1% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2016 Biodynamic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Natural Rosé, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.6% (USA) $20.00.
BR Frey NV Organic, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
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.
BR Frey 2016 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.2% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2016 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Syrah, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
BR Frey 2016 Organic, Viognier, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Frey 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey 2018 Sun and Rain, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
BR Frey 2018 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 14% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Frey 2018 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
86 Frey 2018 Organic, Syrah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
87 Frey 2018 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 14.3% (USA) $15.00.
89 Frey 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $17.00.
90 Frey 2018 Organic, Malbec, Mendocino 14.4% (USA) $15.00.
BR Frey 2018 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2018 Sun & Rain Organic, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2017 Biodynamic, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.4% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2018 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Frey 2018 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $18.00.
BR Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $12.50. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Organic Rosé, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2016 Organic, Dolcetto, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Frey 2016 Organic, Sangiovese, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
BR Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Tempranillo, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $16.50. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.6% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2017 Biodynamic, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.3% (USA) $20.00.
87 Frey 2016 Organic, Carignane, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2019 Organic, Syrah, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $15.00.
BR Frey 2018 Organic, Viognier, California 14.2% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Merlot, Mendocino 14.9% (USA) $20.00.
85 Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Zinfandel, Mendocino 15.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Frey 2018 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 12.5% (USA) $18.00.
85 Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.3% (USA) $20.00.
86 Frey 2018 Organic, Tannat, Redwood Valley 14.1% (USA) $18.00.
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.
85 Pacific Redwood 2018 Organic, Syrah, California 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
BR Pacific Redwood 2018 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic, Syrah, California 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
BR Pacific Redwood 2018 Organic, Pinot Noir, California 13.6% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal

Charbono

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Charbono is an unusual California specialty with some old-vine blocks located in the Napa Valley. It is identical to Argentina's Bonarda, which is an Italian red grape whose ancestral home is in the northern Italian provinces of Lombardy and Piedmont. While it does little in its native Italy nowadays, it can be quite something in Argentina, where Italian immigrants brought the vine in the 1800s. The region of Mendoza has large blocks of old vine vineyards that produce deeply hued, intensely fruited wines with attractive acidity and soft tannins. They make for beautiful early drinking reds and are tremendous values. In California, this same strain of Bonarda is known as Charbono and can produce similarly dramatic, if under-appreciated, wines.