Full Review

Frey

Frey
2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites & USDA Certified Organic
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$18

Frey
2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Pinot Grigio

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dull golden yellow color. Aromas of fruit cake with apricot preserves, agave nectar, toasted coconut, vanilla, garlic, and toasty tortilla with a round, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, refreshing, breezy soft pretzel and dried pear finish. An interesting Pinot Grigio with heavy notes of dried orchard fruit; drink now.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: fruit cake with apricot preserves, agave nectar, toasted coconut, vanilla, garlic, and toasty tortilla
Taste Flavor: soft pretzel and dried pear
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An interesting Pinot Grigio with heavy notes of dried orchard fruit; drink now.

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 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
BR Frey 2018 Organic, Sangiovese, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Kwaya Cellars 2019 Organic, Sangiovese, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Kwaya Cellars 2019 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 14% (USA) $16.00.
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
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

Pinot Grigio

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Grigio – aka Pinot Gris – has become one of Italy’s most popular white wines in America. Popular to the point of Indian, Greek and even Spanish restaurants offering at least one version on their wine list.

Truth be told, while Pinot Grigio in Italy can be an excellent wine – though hardly great – the typical version has little to offer save for some faint aromas of apple, pear and dried flowers. As Pinot Grigio has become a commodity, there are now hundreds, perhaps thousands of producers across Italy (and even some in America) that produce a simple, uncomplicated version that has little complexity or weight on the palate- the ultimate summer sipper.

However, producers in cool climates such as Friuli, Alto Adige and Valle d’Aosta (where it is usually referred to as Pinot Gris) do make excellent version, generally from high elevation vineyards that have twenty or more years of age. These wines have plenty of spice as well as richness and offer impressive complexity. Pair these finer examples with vegetable or seafood risotto, lighter poultry or pork medallions.