Original
70 Ratings
Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot Dry Creek Valley
$20.99 USD
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Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2011 Vintage) 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.

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    Perhaps I let this age too long, but at 4 years this wine was overpoweringly dry and tannic!

    almost 5 years
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    it has alcohol, and it's ok for free... no taste

    over 5 years
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    Dry, smooth, light tannins

    about 5 years
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    over 5 years
Expert Reviews
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/20/2013