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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2006
Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2006
(search item no. 95214)

PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

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

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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 acquired the land. By 1895, he was producing 20,000 cases of high quality wine that was stored in huge redwood casks.

In spite of a devastating blight of phylloxera, by 1904 the winery had actually increased in size and production. Now in his seventies, Frei turned the business over to his two sons, Walter and Louis. In 1903, the winery was officially named Frei Bros.

The Frei Bros. Winery continued to grow over the years, in spite of disasters such as the one that occurred in 1919, when a curious piece of legislation that came to be known as Prohibition put many an American winery out of business.

Again, the Frei family persevered, and now you can taste the legacy of a great winemaking tradition in Frei Brothers Reserve, a new release that combines the spirit of old world winemaking techniques with grapes that are hand selected from some of Sonoma's finest vineyards.