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FROG’S LEAP Chardonnay 2016
July 29, 2018
FROG’S LEAP Cabernet Sauvignon
FROG’S LEAP Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
July 29, 2018

FROG’S LEAP Merlot  Napa Valley 2015  

Retail Price: $40

Value Rating: 3.4

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: July 28, 2018
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DDWA Score: 90

Very Good Value


In classic Frog’s Leap style, the 2015 Merlot is about bright, fresh berry/plum and pomegranate flavors backed up by dry bay leaf, tarragon, cocoa, and vanilla bean/toasted bread from the barrel. Medium/high acidity (for Napa Merlot), fine tannins and a long fresh summer berry finish. This will age like a champ. Surprising for some, it will be at its very best, I’m guessing, in 2025-30. I like Frog’s Leap’s food match recommendation: a well-seasoned pork roast with fall root vegetables. Let’s make a date! Has 19% of “our best Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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I am so glad to have tasted the current releases of Frog’s Leap recently. They are so consistent in their quality and purpose, they can seem dull if you stop paying attention. The vineyard’s the thing at Frog’s Leap. On a 1 to 100 scale of vineyard geek-ness (in the most flattering use of the word GEEK), Frog’s Leap is a 99.6. It’s certified organic and dry farmed vineyards 100% at Frog’s Leap. The wines are typically subtle, layered and expressive like a book reading. Listen to classic jazz with them. Rock & Roll is too much.

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