Frei Brothers is an old-time Sonoma producer that was founded by Andrew Frei in 1890. They make a very good Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes sourced from the Alexander Valley. Frei Brothers also produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir.
The 2003 Chardonnay benefited from a long and cool growing season. The grapes were whole cluster pressed to avoid extracting astringent tannins during traditional destemming. Yeasts were all natural and the wine was aged sur lie for 8 months. The wine has undergone partial malolactic fermentation.
Frei Brothers 2003 Pinot Noir is a fuller bodied version of this varietal. It is deeply colored and flavored. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon was made with grapes from the Alexander Valley. Efforts are made to keep the berries whole for fermentation. The result is a smooth and complex wine.