Fre Merlot

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A review of Fre Merlot - a complex alcohol-free wine with a good colour.



ABV: 0.5%
Calories per 250ml glass: 70 (28 per 100ml)

Now on sale in Asda, this Merlot is part of a family of six 0.5% wines from the Napa Valley in California – the heart of America’s wine country.

As the producers Sutter Home Wineries explain, making their low-alcohol wine is no different from making any other wine, right up to the final stage when the amazing Spinning Cone comes in, removing the alcohol whilst leaving pretty much everything else.

The result is a low-alcohol red that’s not bad at all. It’s a complex wine with a good colour, not too sweet, and with a nice hint of blackberries. It’s also well presented, with a smart label that gives it the look of a decent wine. As with all low-alcohol reds, you can tell the ABV is low, but it goes down easily and there’s no nasty aftertaste.

So, a solid 3 out of 5.

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