FROG’S LEAP Merlot 2016
Rutherford, Napa Valley 2016

FROG’S LEAP Merlot 2016

Rutherford, Napa Valley 2016
Frogs Leap Merlot 2016
Retail Price: $40
DDWA Score: 90
Value Rating: 3.4
Very Good Value
Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: October 4, 2022

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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