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Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2018

No wine is more beloved, more treasured, more celebrated or more often drank at Frog’s Leap than Zinfandel. Zinfandel has been made at Frog's Leap since their inception and they take enormous pleasure in opening bottles dating back 20 or even 30 years...and they are still glorious in their development. But let us be clear, we are talking about the Frog's Leap kind of Zinfandel!

Frog’s Leap Zinfandel: balanced, restrained, nuanced, subtle, and almost always under 14% alcohol. If you are looking for a Zin to serve with wooly mammoth, or to put hair on your chest, you’ve come to the wrong place. Those styles are for lesser vineyards and less seasoned winemaking. To make Zinfandel in the highest form takes great attention to detail in the growing, a constant vigilance during harvest and great care in the cellar. The secret to Frog’s Leap Zinfandels (once you get past the 40 year old dry farmed, perfectly situated vineyards) is that at the same time they harvest the Zinfandel they also harvest plantings of Petite Sirah, Carignan, and Valdique and ferment them all in the same tank at the same time. This allows them to get the Zinfandel grapes fully ripe, full of sugar and flavour and then using the other less sweet varietals to add colour, flavour nuance while they reduce the overall alcohol content. Aged for 14 months in primarily American oak (very little new), the wine gains its strength through complexity and character rather than brute alcoholic strength.

The 2018 Zinfandel is one for the ages. A wine that draws its power from sophistication instead of raw alcohol content. Made in the classic field blend style including significant portions of Petite Sirah and Carignane. It offers tremendous aromatic intensity, alongside cool, calm and polished flavours. Fine young, but it is the ageing potential of this wine that is truly special.

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Frog's Leap
North America
Sub Region:
Napa Valley
Red Wine
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The Producer Frog's Leap | Napa Valley

Frog's Leap Winery in the Napa Valley, California

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