Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Reserve 2007
Our winemakers crafted this Merlot to reflect the pure, expressive flavors found in the Dry Creek Valley, where warm days, cool nights and well-draining soils that characterize this appellation make this region renowned for its terroir. The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, to retain a significant portion of whole berries for fermentation. This technique enhanced the intensity of the dark fruit flavors in this Merlot. After fermentation, 100% of the wine completed malolactic fermentation to soften the acids and add layers of complexity.
Editorial Reviews for Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Reserve
Sweet woods tones, a touch herbal and earthy though with a strong coffee/mocha element and smoked meat notes. This is attractively silky in the mouth with fine, slightly granular tannins that give this a bit of textural detail. The flavors are a bit on the oaky side with a touch of caramel to the coffee tinged dark plum fruits. It’s pretty much textbook Merlot, nothing out of place though it finishes a bit short it’s made in a crowd pleasing style. 86pts
Bit of smoky sweet bbq on the tongue, blueberries and cherries, well balanced flavor with enough acidity and tannins to hold it, and still be fairly silky.
Maple syrup and cherry aromas. Nice blackberry flavors, good texture with a good bit of acidity. Clean wine, with a nice long chocolate finish.
aromas of blackberries, plums and little dark cherry and some underlying softer currants, nice tannic structure balanced with the varying degrees of dark fruit, a little spice as well.
Loud ripe cherries on the nose. Super ripe bright fruit with silky tanins but a slight bitter chemical aftertaste I can't pin down. Very enjoyable though.
Ruby red color. Muted nose. Hints of black cherry and slight anise with a backing of oak and sandalwood. Decent mouthfeel but slightly unpolished.
External Reviews for Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Reserve
A graceful style that's rich and concentrated, with a broad swath of currant, fresh sage, chocolate and black cherry flavors. Firm, herbal tannins and smoky, toasty oak carry through the finish. Drink now through 2007.
Somebody picked early, to judge from the slightly green, peppercorn notes. But in a way that adds to the complexity, and makes the wine different. It's not a fruit bomb, it's a coffee, herb and blackberry-flavored dry Merlot with structural integrity.
Floral, grapey aromas and flavors are crisp and focused, with firm tannins and good length, though it lacks a sense of excitement. Drink now through 2004.
Pretty nice Merlot, dry and smooth. There's a little green vegetalness going on, as if the vines were overcropped, but there's enough cherry fruit to satisfy.
Succulent flavors of ripe plum and cherry framed by a bouquet of vanilla and coconut.
Firm, with rich dried berry, sage and plum flavors, wrapped within herbal tannins. Holds its focus on a long, complex finish. Drink now through 2006.
Nicely focused and structured, with appealing black currant and mineral aromas and complex plum, anise and cedar flavors that finish with firm tannins. Drink now through 2016.
Food Pairings for Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Reserve
Our 2007 Dry Creek Merlot captures the rich, ripe flavors of the Dry Creek Valley. It is a medium-bodied wine with intense flavors of blackberry and cherry, underscored by hints of spice from barrel aging.
|Sugar: 0.16 grams per liter||Total Acidity: 0.55 grams per liter|