Full Review

Frey

Frey
2019 Organic, Merlot, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20

Frey
2019 Organic, Merlot, Mendocino County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14%
Garnet black color. Fruity aromas and flavors of plum and berry pie, dark caramel, and vanilla cream puff pastry with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with suggestions of fresh mixed berries, nut skin, wood, and black radish with light oak flavor. A rock solid Merlot that will cover a lot of bases.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, New World, Savory & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: plum and berry pie, dark caramel, and vanilla cream puff pastry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of fresh mixed berries, nut skin, wood, and black radish
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Bacon Cheeseburger, Coffee Crusted Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid Merlot that will cover a lot of bases.

The Producer

Frey Vineyards Ltd.

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

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.