Sunday, May 11, 2014

Review: *** $$ Frei Brothers Reserve Syrah, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2001

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I've sampled Frei Brothers once before and didn't care much for the Redwood Cabernet Sauvignon.  This sample is from a different series.


Original tasting and review : This is Frei Brothers Reserve Syrah, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California, 2001 finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled a whopping 13 years from vintage date.

In the glass: Medium deep red, some bricking.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold cinnamon and spicy aromatics.  From the aroma, seems like this will be showing its age but with a big fruit following along.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet and rich, mature, spicy and round fruit.  Clean, fresh, sweet acids wrap up the sip.  Shows its age, but aged well indeed.

In summary: Overall, rates a solid three stars for graceful longevity on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Frei Brothers Reserve Syrah.

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