Since his company’s debut in 2013, former NASA project manager Omar de Frias’ Fratello brand has seemed to reach new heights every year (no pun intended.) His offerings at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show continue that trend, including a former European exclusive vitola moving to the U.S. market, the largest ring gauge so far in his Arlequín line and the company’s first flavored cigar.

The booth is the same as the one that the company debuted at the 2o19 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, with an attractive but compact display in the middle and large backdrop to one side that includes the Fratello logo.

Fratello Arlequín Gordo

Fratello’s Arlequín line is getting a new, beefy vitola, as the company will be releasing a 6 x 58 soft-pressed gordo in a few months. It will become the third size in the line, joining the existing 5 1/2 x 52 robusto and 6 1/2 x 54 toro.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Filler: Peru and Nicaragua
  • Fratello Arlequín Gordo (6 x 58) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Sept. 1, 2021

Fratello Camo Sweet

Fratello’s first flavored cigar is a sweet-tipped version of the company’s bundle creations.

  • Wrapper: Undisclosed
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Fratello Camo Sweet Robusto (5 x 50) — $3.25 (Bundle of 25, $81.25)
  • Fratello Camo Sweet Toro (6 x 50) — $3.50 (Bundle of 25, $87.50)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Sept. 1, 2021

Fratello Classico Fuoco

With a name that translates to fire from Italian, this former European exclusive vitola is now making the jump to the U.S. market in three different blends.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Nicaragua & Peru
  • Fratello Classico Fuoco (3 1/2 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 30, $225)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 15, 2021

Fratello Bianco Fuoco 

Same as above.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés Negro)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Pennsylvania & Peru
  • Fratello Bianco Fuoco (3 1/2 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 30, $225)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 15, 2021

Fratello Oro Fuoco 

Same as above.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Fratello Oro Fuoco (3 1/2 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 30, $225)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Aug. 1, 2021

Fratello The Texan (2021)

A former exclusive for retailers in the state of Texas, The Texan will now be available nationwide.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (HVA)
  • Binder: Sumatra
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano Ligero & Andullo), Nicaragua (Estelí) & Pennsylvania.
  • Fratello The Texan (2021) (7 1/8 x 58) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 15, 2021

Fresh Pack 2021

As with past Fresh Packs, the newest sampler includes a selection of toro cigars, this time from five of Fratello’s lines.

  • Fratello Oro (6 x 50)
  • Fratello The Texan (6 x 50)
  • Fratello Blu (6 x 50)
  • Fratello Rosso (6 x 50)
  • Fratello Verde (6 x 50)

MSRP: $25

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Aug. 15, 2021

Drew Estate is the sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.