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In the 1930s, Julio Gallo established an exclusive arrangement with the Frei family, Swiss immigrants, to buy all of their grapes from vineyards in Sonoma County. This relationship grew over the years until the E. & J. Gallo Winery bought the Frei Brothers Winery in 1978.
A Pinot Noir is produced from the Russian River Valley along with several other varietals from Sonoma County. The wines are widely distributed.
2006 Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $30. Picked in the cool morning,de-stemmed, not crushed to retain whole berries, cold soaked for a few days, several yeast strains employed, aged in oak barrels for 24 months. 97% Pinot Noir. · Slightly confected nose of raspberries and black cherries with a modicum of oak. Copious, dark, well-oaked fruit that is a bit overwhelmed by flamboyant tannins most evident on the dry finish. This wine will perform best at the dinner table with some hearty short ribs. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »