Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2006

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Price: $19.99
Item No. 95214
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 Reserve Merlot is produced in a gentle, traditional style enhanced by the use of modern techniques, to produce a wine that represents the Dry Creek Valley terroir. The grapes for Frei Brothers Reserve's Merlot are de-stemmed, but not crushed, to retain a significant portion of whole berries for fermentation. This technique produces more concentrated dark fruit flavors. After fermentation, 100% of the wine completes malolactic fermentation to soften the acids and to add complexity.

This is a medium-bodied wine that exhibits flavors of blackberry and cherry with hints of vanilla and spices from partial oak barrel aging.

"Lush nose of blueberry and briar. Intense, youthful flavors of blueberry and blackberry accented by a pretty white pepper note. A subtle cocoa aspect graces the fruity close."
-Wine News

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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