Original tasting and review : This is Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, 2012, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled 3 years from vintage date, in April, 2015. I sampled the 2012 Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot a short time ago and liked it a great deal.
In the glass: Purple black magenta, opaque from an inch in.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean, fresh, purple berries. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, aromatic yet light.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, rich, full of cinnamon and ripe blackberry. Soft tannins that bring milk chocolate along to a languorous finish.
In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and becomes a best value.
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