Full Review

Frey

Frey
2018 Organic, Syrah, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites, USDA Certified Organic, Vegan & Gluten-Free
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Frey
2018 Organic, Syrah, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of mezcal, sweet potato, overripe plum, pickled carrots, and smoked strawberries with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length finish evoking impressions of banana cake and clove with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A completely unexpected smoky and earthy wine; the mezcal-lover’s Syrah.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Funky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: mezcal, sweet potato, overripe plum, pickled carrots, and smoked strawberries
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of banana cake and clove
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A completely unexpected smoky and earthy wine; the mezcal-lovers Syrah.

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.
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 NV Organic Agriculturist Blanc, California 14% (USA) $12.50. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2019 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.3% (USA) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Organic White, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Frey 2018 Organic , Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $17.00.
85 Frey 2018 Organic , Malbec, Mendocino 14.4% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2018 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 14.3% (USA) $15.00.
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.
88 Frey 2019 Biodynamic Field Blend, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $16.50.
88 Frey 2018 Organic, Syrah, California 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
87 Frey 2019 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.3% (USA) $17.00.
BR Frey 2019 Sun & Rain, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2018 Spin, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2019 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 15% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Frey NV Agriculturist Blanc, Mendocino 14% (USA) $12.50.
87 Frey NV Agriculturist Red Blend, California 14% (USA) $12.50.
87 Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 14% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Syrah, Mendocino 15.4% (USA) $20.00.
BR Frey 2019 Organic, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 14% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey NV Organic Red Blend, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
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
85 Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
BR Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic Cab, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 14% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal

Syrah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Syrah - also known as Shiraz, especially in Australia - is a red wine with rich, zesty plum and blackberry fruit along with a light spicy, sometimes peppery quality. The grape has light to medium tannins, meaning lighter versions are drinkable upon release. This has certainly helped this wine's popularity in the United States.

Full-bodied versions, such as Côte-Rôtie from France's Rhone Valley, are intense, deeply concentrated wines that need many years to round out; these are generally at their best seven to ten years after the vintage and can drink well for 20 years plus from the best vintages.

Recommended foods with Syrah include most red meats, game and barbecued foods.