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Frey

Frey
2017 Zinfandel, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Zinfandel

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites & USDA Certified Organic
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
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Frey
2017 Zinfandel, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Zinfandel

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3% RS: <1%
Dark garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry and cherry cobblers, dried apricot and prune compote, and maple nut fudge with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, appealing, medium-length finish that presents accents of latte, toasty cedar, and roasted nuts with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An attractive fruity zin with nice oaky style.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: black raspberry and cherry cobblers, dried apricot and prune compote, and maple nut fudge
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of latte, toasty cedar, and roasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An attractive fruity zin with nice oaky style.

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

Zinfandel

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Zinfandel first came to American shores by way of the Schonbrunn collection which contained all the wine varietals grown in the Austrian empire. The earliest mention of Zinfandel, by name, in America was a vine nursery in Long Island in the 1820s. It made its way to California in the gold rush and thrived because of its hearty constitution and vigorous yields. Many a prospector had a little vineyard of Zinfandel and washed away their sorrows in their purple cups.

Zinfandel is California’s pride and joy, a zesty, spicy, alcoholic (often 15% or more) wine that fits in well with the frontier spirit of the Golden State. The grape is believed to be related to one or more varieties in Croatia, while in the southern Italian region of Puglia, Zinfandel is a name sometimes given to the Primitivo grape.

While there are excellent plantings of Zinfandel in may California regions, the districts of Lodi and Contra Costa County are very famous for this grape, especially as there are numerous “old vine” plantings that are often more than one hundred years of age. These vines produce tiny quantities, but the resulting wines are intensely spicy and brambly. Zinfandel has a good deal of natural tannin, so these wines can age well, as long as the winemaker can find the proper balance, not always an easy thing. Zinfandels from Ridge Vineyards, a celebrated producer in Santa Cruz County, are among the longest-lived and most refined examples.

Recommended foods for Zinfandel are grilled or barbecued meats, wild game and stews – the heartier, the better. White Zinfandel, not to be confused with Zinfandel (red) is a blush wine, generally lighter-bodied with moderate sweetness.

For a hundred years, zinfandel was the king of California reds. In 1884 it accounted for 40 percent of all the state's grape vines, but the grand old vineyards fell victim to modern economics and changing trends.

Luckily, a small band of dedicated producers, coupled with a near-fanatical cult following, have continued to hold out. Against all odds, the pendulum just might be poised to swing back.

So just what is it about these old vineyards that is helping to put zinfandel back on the map? The consensus seems to be that a vineyard reaches a qualitative peak between 25 and 50 years old. Because of prohibition, there are relatively few old vineyards in California. Of the state's 350,000 acres of vinifera, fewer than three percent are over 50 years old. The vast majority of these are devoted to zinfandel. While the percentage of cabernet vineyards exceeding even 25 years of age is minute, it is quite possible to sample the fruits of a fully mature zinfandel vineyard, often at half the price.

In addition, old vineyards inherently produce less fruit. This factor provides a natural limit on the vine's tendency to overproduce. Though a problem if quantity is the ultimate goal, it is an essential factor in the production of high-quality wines. With the price of cabernet rising so precipitously in the last few years, it has once again become economical for vintners to produce wine from shy-yielding old zinfandel vineyards; winemakers are scouring the state looking for the odd parcel of vines. Also, vintners have learned how well some of the old methods of pruning and farming have worked, and are seeking to apply these principles in new plantings.

Paul Draper, winemaker and CEO of Ridge Vineyards, summed up zinfandel's appeal best: "Zinfandel has so much forward fruit that it's sensual to drink right away. Its appeal is immediate, whereas cabernet needs time to develop. You can have a very sensual experience with cabernet, but you can have a comparable experience with young zinfandel--which is why, in a restaurant, I'd be more likely to order a zinfandel than a cabernet."