Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot, 2014
The Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Merlot exudes blackberry and dark cherry flavors, layered with hints of fresh herbs. Barrel aging gave this well-structured wine its rich aromatics of cocoa, mocha and toasted oak.
Lamb with this Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.