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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2015

A pleasing-yet-sophisticated "cool-climate" Californian Chardie from Waitrose

I don't normally go for big, blowsy oaky Chardonnays - especially from hot places like California. This, however, is a little different.

It is from Russian River in Sonoma and describes itself as "cool-climate" - that is, of course, by Californian standards, so it is still very ripe and fruited with 14% alcohol. However, there is enough complexity and freshness to make this interesting even to a Europhile palate.

Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2015 (£17.99, Waitrose) ripe orchard fruits, honeydew melon and pineapple and creamy, oatmealy leesiness. Lush and rich; very adept and harmonious.


A versatile wine; drink as an aperitif or match with seafood or white meats.

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