Frei Brother's Dry Creek Valley Merlot
Located in the heart of Northern Sonoma County, the Dry Creek Valley is blessed with warm days and cool nights. Its inland location ensures its vineyards get ample warmth during the day to ripen the fruit, while cool marine influences in the evening enter from the southern portion of the valley where Dry Creek empties into the Russian River. This cooling slows sugar production allowing fruit to develop flavors slowly, the perfect conditions for developing rich, intense Merlot. Frei Brothers Reserve wines possess a fruit-forward character with intense aromas and flavors that reflect the land and the climate that created the grapes. Our 2003 Merlot is a medium-bodied wine that exhibits luscious and enticing aromas and flavors of blackberry and strawberry, with hints of vanilla and spices from oak barrel aging.