Frog's Leap Napa Valley Merlot 2008
The Frog's Leap 2008 Merlot displays "a delicate aroma of tea, trace amounts of dried herbs and cherry are a throwback to the 70s; the wine's startling balance makes it all work with food.
This isn't your typical fat, corpulent red wine. It has shockingly balanced numbers: 12.9% alcohol, pH of 3.56, and simply can't be compared to any Napa Valley red wine I've tasted in years. Great stuff." -- Dan Berger, Vintage Wine Experiences.
The majority of the fruit for the Frog's Leap Merlot comes from the Estate surrounding their winery. Situated in the eastern part of Rutherford, Napa Valley, this vineyard is perfectly suited for growing Merlot due to its rich, clay loam soils, which hold more moisture keeping the root-zone cool, while the setting sun over the Mayacamas gives our vines an extra hour of evening sun. Additionally, sustainable and dry farming practices reveal the true personality of the varietal.
The 2008 Frog's Leap Merlot is elegant, balanced and restrained. It's filled with fragrant notes of rich black berry and traces of cocoa powder and flavors of ripened red berries and cherry accentuated by delicate notes of mocha, herbs and spice. The famed 'Rutherford Dust,' in which the grapes were grown, generates a mouth-feel and finish that is long and lovely all wrapped in plush, soft tannins
With such a diverse set of flavors and bright acidity, the 2008 Frog's Leap Merlot is a great food wine and is among the top two most requested Merlots in restaurants. It's delicious with a wide range of food from lamb stew to chocolate souffle.