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FROG'S LEAP Merlot  Rutherford, Napa Valley 2016  

Retail Price: $40

Value Rating: 3.4

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: June 17, 2019
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DDWA Score: 90

Very Good Value


A Napa Valley “classic,” the Frogs Leap Merlot 2016 shows a slightly darker, stronger fruit and body profile than many previous vintages. Get dark red cherries, blackberries, French roast coffee, black pepper, lavender, cola and cigar wrapper. This is both strong and restrained, as the army of Frog’s Leap Merlot fans have come to expect of this wine. Good match with red meats, bold flavored white meats, mushrooms and most roasted vegis.

The 2016 Frog’s Leap Merlot has 9% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. At 13.4% alcohol, it’s ripe but not overly so. Biodynamic and dry farmed vines, mostly from around the Frog’s Leap Winery in the heart of Rutherford. Low on the new oak scale (25%?).

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