Full Review

Frey

Frey
2018 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Frey
2018 Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.6%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of añejo tequila, caramel-drizzled nuts, dark chocolate with cinnamon, and prune with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length mushroom pierogi with a side of beets and brown butter finish with moderate oak flavor. An original Pinot Noir with a distinctive take on the varietal; savory and highly pairable.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: añejo tequila, caramel-drizzled nuts, dark chocolate with cinnamon, and prune
Taste Flavor: mushroom pierogi with a side of beets and brown butter
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An original Pinot Noir with a distinctive take on the varietal; savory and highly pairable.

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 Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.