With our trip to Napa and Sonoma Valley right around the corner I wanted to get my hands on the 2013 Dry Creek Valley Frei Brothers Merlot. This wine is an inexpensive wine yet a staple for casual drinking and makes a great table wine to pair with a heavier meal.
Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma Valley is a 16 mile stretch of rocky valley terrain and clay covered hilly mountain sides. The valley and its hills are blasted with sunshine throughout the days to create optimal growing conditions. In the evening hours the fog rolls in to cool the grapes, naturally enhancing their primal flavors. These exceptional growing conditions produce a wonderful, nurtured merlot.
Warm and sunny vibes flow through the nose of this wine. Vibrance and happiness dance along the glass with delicate, sexy legs. The Merlot and Petite Sirah grapes are wed in perfect matrimony to showcase its vivid dark colors and tannin structure. Turned to oak barrels for seven months of solitude these grapes are aged to deliver pristine flavor.
Your nose will be confronted with a dash of spice, a speck of vanilla, a hint of mocha, and a whiff of floral aromas; as if someone brushed a bouquet of roses just past your cheekbone.
The Frei Brothers Merlot is a mouthful of wine, with ample flavor and structured tannins that will keep your tongue alive while calming your senses with an abundance of fruity sensations. Tart apples mixed with sweet licorice undertones fill your mouth with a perfect relaxing and smooth combination of flavor. Once your tastebuds plunge through the fortress of fruit you’ll find yourself flirting with rich chocolate, coffee, and oak saturated finishes.
This Dry Creek Valley Merlot made its way onto the shelves of Cabonnay for its consistency of delivering quality, pleasing and honest wine.