Co-ferment with 20% Petite Sirah and 2% Carignane (the Petite, interestingly, lightens the wine due to its growing season in conjunction with the Zin). Frog’s Leap Zinfandel is “Old Style” Zin in the best sense. Under 14% alcohol, bright and concise berry flavors, especially dark raspberry and strawberry, with potpourri, dry Asian spices, white pepper and gentle complexity. Funny how this is “new California wine” before the term was even created. We’ve come full circle.
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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