Frei Brothers Dry Creek Valley 2013 Merlot Reserve, $16.99-$20.99, 88 points, appeared an opaque maroon with a broad clear wine ring.
An overbearing grapey aroma with hints of cedar and violets were okay.
This 2013 Merlot just passed the threshold of a medium-plus body, and manifested good acidity and moderately supportive tannin.
Frei Brothers managed with aplomb the many flavors of mulberry, black grape, red cherry, tart pomegranate and cedar.
Finished fair on spearmint, plumb, a well integrated 14.3% alcohol, and mild spice notes.
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