Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2015
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.