Frei Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
Located near the village of Graton in the rolling hills south of the Russian River, Frei Road Vineyard produces a wine of great complexity, tension, and minerality.
This vineyard has been farmed by the Martinelli family for generations, and continues to be tended by George Martinelli. A mild climate graces this corner of Sonoma, and Chardonnay grapes ripen slowly in the well-draining Goldridge soil. Located near the village of Graton in the rolling hills south of the Russian River, Frei Road Vineyard produces a wine of great complexity, tension, and minerality.
Jeb Dunnuck' - October 3, 2019 "The 2016 Pinot Noir Frei Road Vineyard saw slightly more new oak and spent 18 months in one-third new barrels. Its deeper ruby color is followed by a smoky, meaty bouquet that carries ample spice box, chocolate, sweet earth, and forest floor. It's rich, has a big mid-palate, and ripe tannins, all making for a bombastic Pinot Noir."
Wine Advocate - October 3, 2019 "The 2016 Pinot Noir Frei Road Vineyard is medium ruby colored with a nose of granite, lilac, crushed blueberries, concentrated black cherries and berries plus savory sparks and even a hint of bitter chocolate—lots of latent layers on the nose. Light to medium-bodied, it offers loads of concentrated flavors in the mouth (earth, spice and fruit), well structured by ripe tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing very, very long. Wow!"
Vinous - October 3, 2019 "The 2016 Pinot Noir Frei Road is a big, lush wine. Black cherry, plum, new French oak, licorice and spice flesh out as this full-throttle, intense Pinot shows off its exuberant personality. It will be ready to drink with minimal cellaring, although another year or two in bottle will help the tannins soften."
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