Full Review

Frey

Frey
2016 Chardonnay, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Certified Organic
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

Frey
2016 Chardonnay, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and papaya, cedar pencil, and hint of apple mint jelly on toast with a supple, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of clove and buttered cinnamon raisin toast with a suggestion of oak flavor. A distinctive spicy chardonnay that will be fun to pair with.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Spicy & Complex & New World
Aroma Aroma: grilled pineapple and papaya, cedar pencil, and hint of apple mint jelly on toast
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of clove and buttered cinnamon raisin toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Shawarma, Paella, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive spicy chardonnay that will be fun to pair with.

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.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.