Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2013


SKU 25005


For our Dry Creek Valley Merlot, we crushed the Merlot grapes together with Petite Sirah to achieve dark fruit flavors and enhance the tannic structure in the wine. The grapes were cold soaked to extract vivid color and flavor. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on fine lees to soften the mouthfeel. Our Merlot was aged for seven months in a combination of French and American oak barrels to impart notes of chocolate and vanilla in the finished wine.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Appellation Dry Creek Valley
Brand Frei Brothers
Alcohol/vol 14.3%
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateThe two Bordeaux varietal wines include the 2013 Merlot Reserve, which shows attractive and elegant mocha, sweet red and black cherry notes, earthiness, and oak in a spicy, medium-bodied style. Most of this comes from Dry Creek and is a blend of 97% Merlot and 3% Petite Sirah.

Robert Parker, December 2014

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