Full Review

Frey

Frey
2016 Merlot, North Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
No Added Sulfites & USDA Certified Organic
82 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$15

Frey
2016 Merlot, North Coast

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Funky aromas of dates, molasses, boxed raisins, florentine omelet, and cashew fruit with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, brisk charred nuts and cocoa powder finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. Rustic meals call for an earthy wine such as this.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: dates, molasses, boxed raisins, Florentine omelet, and cashew fruit
Taste Flavor: charred nuts and cocoa powder
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Calf’s Liver, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Rustic meals call for an earthy wine such as this.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

The Producer
14000 Tomki Rd
Redwood Valley, CA 95470
USA
1 707-485-5177

Their Portfolio

87 Frey 2015 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $15.00.
87 Frey 2015 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 14% (USA) $18.00.
80 Frey NV Rosé, Redwood Valley 12% (USA) $9.00.
93 Frey 2015 Spin, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
83 Frey 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00.
83 Frey 2015 Organic, Syrah, California 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
86 Frey 2014 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $16.50.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 13.4% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Organic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
88 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Merlot, Mendocino 13.2% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2016 Organic, Merlot, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey NV Dry Rosé, California 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
88 Frey NV White Zinfandel, Mendocino 12.4% (USA) $9.00.
84 Frey 2014 Estate Grown & Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 12.1% (USA) $20.00.
89 Frey 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.4% (USA) $16.50.
89 Frey 2016 Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 13.4% (USA) $14.00.
89 Frey 2016 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2016 Gewurztraminer, Mendocino 13.6% (USA) $14.00.
84 Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50.
88 Frey 2016 Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $20.00.
90 Frey 2016 Viognier, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
89 Frey 2016 Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
80 Frey 2007 Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00.
89 Frey NV Natural Red Blend, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00.
82 Frey 2016 Merlot, North Coast 13.7% (USA) $15.00.
90 Frey 2016 Malbec, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Frey 2017 Biodynamic Field Blend Red, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
85 Frey 2016 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2016 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13% (USA) $18.00.
87 Frey 2016 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $18.00.
86 Frey 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.1% (USA) $14.00.
86 Frey 2017 Merlot, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00.
81 Frey 2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
84 Frey 2017 Chardonnay, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00.
88 Frey 2017 Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $15.00.
81 Frey 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast 14.1% (USA) $14.00.
84 Frey 2016 Biodynamic, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.7% (USA) $20.00.
83 Frey 2017 Pinot Grigio, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
80 Frey NV Agriculturist Rosé, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $12.50.
80 Frey NV Natural Rosé, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
89 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Zinfandel, Mendocino 14.6% (USA) $20.00.
84 Frey NV Organic, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14% (USA) $15.00.
89 Frey NV Organic Agriculturist Red Blend, Mendocino 14% (USA) $12.50.
88 Frey 2018 Organic, Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
86 Frey 2016 Organic, Syrah, California 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
84 Frey 2016 Organic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.2% (USA) $15.00.
81 Frey 2016 Biodynamic, Petite Sirah, Mendocino 13.8% (USA) $20.00.
87 Frey 2015 Biodynamic, Syrah, Mendocino 14.1% (USA) $20.00.
84 Frey 2016 Organic, Viognier, Lodi 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
84 Frey NV Organic Totality Sparkling Wine, Sierra Foothills 13.3% (USA) $48.00.
87 Frey 2018 Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
85 Frey 2018 Sun and Rain, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Pacific Redwood NV Organic Red Blend, California 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
85 Pacific Redwood NV Organic, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 14% (USA) $12.00.
89 SPIN 2015 Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.