Sunday, March 14, 2010

Frei Brothers Chardonnay 2007

Denise and I were out running errands on a particularly busy Friday.  I had the day off from my normal routine, which is not all good news.  I remember there was a lot of driving and a lot of spending on things we really didn't want to be buying.  All that aside, we broke for lunch at Luna Park, on La Brea just north of Wilshire.  We have always enjoyed their food.  Lately the music had gotten rather loud for our dinnertime tastes, so we haven't been back in the evening for quite a while.  Unfortunately, on this lunch visit, it's a virtually empty disco with Huey Lewis blaring at dance floor volume.

I've gotten off the track before I even started, it seems.  This is supposed to be about tasting wine.  So let's get to the good stuff.

I had Frei Brothers Chardonnay.  The nose was like Champagne, with a bit of a toasty twist on the fruit.  On the palate, it has a very well-rounded mouthfeel and the flavor of pears.  It's full of minerality, crisp as a green apple.  There's just enough oak to lend a hint of wood, coming nowhere near "overoaked" status.

Variety:  Chardonnay
Appelation:  California > Sonoma County > Russian River Valley
Vintage:  2007
Alcohol level: 13.8% 
Price:  $8/glass
Acquisition disclaimer:  Purchased by the author