2010 Frog's Leap Napa Valley Merlot (Previously $35)

SKU #1116669 93 points Wine & Spirits

 John Williams farms his benchland and valley floor vineyards without irrigation, providing half the fruit for this wine, the balance from growers in Rutherford, plus 11 percent Carneros fruit from Truchard Vineyards. The tannins feel completely mature, providing a lovely underlying roundness to the plump fruit. Those tannins seem sweet, like a fruity mushroom, while the anise and herb-scented fruit itself is savory. A classic Rutherford red.  (2/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 Hugely extracted in cherry pie flavors, this Merlot makes up for the absence of subtlety with its sheer deliciousness. The tannins are soft, making it ideal for drinking now with steak.  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

The 2010 bottling from Frog's Leap is 100% Merlot from the Rutherford district of Napa Valley. The eastern portion of Rutherford surrounding the winery's estate is perfectly suited to Merlot, with its clay-loam soils. The long, cool growing season of 2010 was punctuated by a heat spell around harvest time which added a sultry flamboyance to the wine, which was aged for 18 months in French and American oak. Red fruit characteristics with chocolate and blueberry fill out a rich profile with balancing acidity.

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.6