Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2005

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 90422
  • red wine
  • WE87
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WS87
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Winemaker's Notes

Frei Brothers chose the Dry Creek Valley as the home of their Merlot vineyards. The Dry Creek Valley is blessed with warm days and cool nights. Its inland location ensures its vineyards get ample warmth during the day which leads to optimal ripening of fruit. In the evening, cool marine influences enter from the southern portion of the valley where Dry Creek empties into the Russian River. This cooling slows sugar production, allowing for longer hang-time, and producing fruit which exhibits intense Merlot varietal character.

Blend: 93% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon

Frei Brothers Reserve wines possess a unique, fruit-forward character with intense aromas and flavors that reflect the land and the climate that created the grapes. The 2005 Reserve Merlot is a medium-bodied wine that exhibits luscious and enticing aromas and flavors of blackberry and cherry, with hints of vanilla and spices from partially oak barrel aging.

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JL177 - Johnson City, NY (read all my reviews)

Pretty good value for a California Merlot. Good fruitiness all around. Not too shabby a choice if you're looking for a decent red for a casual day.
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Learn About Frei Brothers

In the late 1880s, an enterprising Swiss immigrant by the name of Andrew Frei gazed upon the rolling hills, gentle streams, and fertile soil of Sonoma County and saw a wine glass of opportunity. By 1890, he was the proud owner of a 344 acre vineyard in northern Sonoma, giving birth to a winemaking tradition that is very much alive today.Frei didn't waste any precious time once he...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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