We enjoyed dinner at a byob on Saturday night (next post) and since it’s still summer, wanted to have a red that is versatile. We picked up this 2007 Frei Reserve Pinot Noir and thought it would do the trick. Pinot is a funny one as I’m not big into the traditional earthy pinots, and the Russian River Valley rarely produces that characteristic, so it’s usually a good spot for me to focus on. This bottle was no different, but it was unusually ‘big’ for a pinot, yet still relatively light. This is relatively hard to describe as it has a flavor profile up front like a cab or merlot, but the finish is so light – – it was perfect for what I was looking for and we thoroughly enjoyed it.