Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon

Merlot

The warm, sun-filled afternoons and cool nights of dry creek valley foster the ripe flavors and plush tannins that we love in our merlot grapes. . Our dry creek valley merlot has aromas and flavors of red licorice and blackberry that meld with hints of toasted oak, milk chocolate and roasted coffee.

Awards & Accolades:

•   89 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, Issue #202 April 2012 (2010 Vintage)
•   Gold, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (2008 Vintage)
•   89 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2011 (2008 Vintage)

Winemaking Notes

For our Dry Creek Valley Merlot, we crushed the Merlot grapes together with Petite Sirah to achieve dark fruit flavors and enhance the tannic structure in the wine. The grapes were cold soaked to extract vivid color and flavor. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on fine lees to soften the mouthfeel. Our Merlot was aged for seven months in a combination of French and American oak barrels to impart notes of chocolate and vanilla in the finished wine.

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Varietal Content: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah Alcohol Level: 14.3%