Frei Brothers Reserve 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay touches your nose with hints of rose water, jasmine and other floral delights. But on the palette, it is swimming with honey and sweet butter and just enough acidity to make it all work.
The wine costs $19 and goes best with a warm spring day. I suggest serving it just slightly chilled.
Frei's grapes are all sustainably grown in accordance with the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). For every acre of planted vineyard, Frei Brothers sets aside one acre to be preserved as natural wildlife habitat. And currently 80% of all wastewater is reused; they even capture and reuse rainwater.
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