Full Review

Frey

Frey
2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game

Category: Charbono

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15

Frey
2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game

Category: Charbono

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.1%
Ruby black color. Interesting aromas of sandalwood incense, smoked teriyaki basted meat and olives, tamarind, fino sherry and orange reduction with bouillon, stewed greens, and mushrooms and vegetables with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-length roast meats and persimmon finish with chewy, earthy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A intriguingly savory and meaty Italian varietal red that will fit nicely at the hunter’s table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: sandalwood incense, smoked teriyaki basted meat and olives, tamarind, fino sherry and orange reduction with bouillon, stewed greens, and mushrooms and vegetables
Taste Flavor: roast meats and persimmon
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Goat, Venison Chops, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A intriguingly savory and meaty Italian varietal red that will fit nicely at the hunter's table.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

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

Their Portfolio

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 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
BR Frey 2019 Organic, Chardonnay, California 14% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Frey 2018 Biodynamic, Chardonnay, Mendocino County 14.6% (USA) $20.00.
85 Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Tempranillo, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2019 Organic, Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Frey 2019 Organic, Sangiovese, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
85 Frey 2019 Organic, Merlot, Mendocino County 14% (USA) $20.00.
BR Frey 2020 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino County 13.3% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
87 Frey 2019 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino County 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
BR Frey 2020 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County 13.4% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Frey 2020 Biodynamic Field Blend Red, Other Red, Mendocino County 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
85 Frey 2020 Organic, Pinot Grigio, Mendocino County 12.8% (USA) $15.00.
BR Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Chardonnay, Mendocino County 14.5% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Merlot, Mendocino County 14% (USA) $20.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino County 14.8% (USA) $20.00.
92 Frey 2019 Biodynamic, Zinfandel, Mendocino County 15% (USA) $20.00.
85 Frey 2018 Organic, Charbono, Mendocino County 14.1% (USA) $15.00.
87 Frey 2019 Organic, Malbec, Mendocino County 14.5% (USA) $18.00.
85 Kwaya Cellars 2019 Organic, Sangiovese, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Kwaya Cellars 2019 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 14% (USA) $16.00.
BR Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic Cab, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 14% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic, Chardonnay, California 14% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Pacific Redwood 2020 Organic, Chardonnay, California 13.7% (USA) $15.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Pacific Redwood 2019 Organic, Merlot, Mendocino County 14% (USA) $15.00.
85 Pacific Redwood 2020 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino County 13.3% (USA) $18.00.

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.