Last week, after going to see the movie Sing, I loaded Elle into the Costco cart with her second helping of Chick fil-A nuggets (yep, she was hungry!) and headed to the wine aisle to look for deals. As she smacked her lips (yes, manners classes will be in her future) I circled the aisle twice, reading labels before deciding what to try. I finally settled on a Chianti, that is, until an older gentleman stopped to ask me about Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay.
I looked around to make sure he was talking to me–the woman with no make-up and a four-year-old whining about taking too long in the wine aisle-not exactly the kind of person who looks like they know anything about wine. Really, he wanted to get my opinion about wine? On the one hand, I was thrilled he asked me since I’ve been brushing up on my wines for this series. Maybe he was secretly reading my Wine of the Week series? A girl can dream, right?!
Anyhow the PR girl in me responded with confidence that indeed this wine was not too “oaky,” using his words. S***! It’s been a really looong time since I had tried Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay. I vaguely recall tasting it and since I don’t like oaked Chardonnay it must not have been “oaky” or I wouldn’t have tried it in the first place. Yes, I was scrambling.
So, with that encounter, I figured I should probably give it a try again just on the very off chance I run into this random guy in the Costco wine aisle again. It’s a small world and I like to be prepared, another PR girl trait.
Here’s my take on Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay
On the first sip, it has a hint of butterscotch and light oak towards the back. The nose is fruity with hints of tart apple and citrus, but not overly aromatic. It’s dry and medium-bodied with a short and tart finish. I found it rather acidic, but I’m just hard to please when it comes to Chardonnay. My in-laws enjoyed the wine though alongside grilled Cobia and mashed sweet potatoes.
Have you tried Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay? Did you like it? What is your favorite California Chardonnay?