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 mo... Read more
Maple syrup and cherry aromas. Nice blackberry flavors, good texture with a good bit of acidity. Clean wine, with a nice long chocolate finish. Read more
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 fairl... Read more
Food Pairings for Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Reserve
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
Maple syrup and cherry aromas. Nice blackberry flavors, good texture with a good bit of acidity. Clean wine, with a nice long chocolate finish.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Frei Brothers Merlot Dry Creek Reserve
The Dry Creek Valley is a warm place to grow Merlot, and this ripe, round, dusty wine ends up tasting more like a zin. A warm and rustic red for cookouts.
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.
Succulent flavors of ripe plum and cherry framed by a bouquet of vanilla and coconut.
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.
Frei has done a very nice job with their 2007 Merlot, an opulent example revealing notions of plums, black cherries, mocha, and coffee beans. With delicious fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a heady finish, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Petite Sirah and Zinfandel should drink well for 4-5 years. It is an excellent value.
Soft and easygoing, with red currant and toasty dill aromas and cherry and herb flavors. Drink now.
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