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Frith "Frija's Rule"  Napa Valley Red Wine 2013  

Retail Price: $24

Value Rating: 3.7

Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: February 20, 2018
Cases Produced: 107

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 88

Great Value


A blend of 44% Syrah, 33% Barbera and 22% Grenache qualifies it as a “Modern Red Blend” by recipe, but it’s not as “over the top” in style as most versions. This has a great nose of smushed up fresh raspberries and dark red plums plus cracked black peppercorns and coriander. Taste more of the same…the berries really stand out and they are delicious. Medium body, ideal acidity (bright but not quite tangy) and carefully oaked (30% new French). This is delight to drink.

 

FRITH is owned by Restaurant veteran Cory Lane (I met Cory when he worked in Napa, opening Tyler Florence’s restaurant…unfortunately the restaurant didn’t make it). Almost all of his wines, both reds and whites, come from a heralded family vineyard in the Carneros. Christopher Vandendriessche of White Rock Vineyards is his winemaker. Visit Cory’s site, Frithwines.com, to learn what Frith means. Here’s something I found online re the Frith Stool on the label.

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