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We Speak Wine USD 33.69 750ml

Frog's Leap Merlot Napa Valley 2015

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A Brief History: A part of our family since 1990, Merlot holds a special place in the heart of Frog's Leap as the majority of the fruit comes from the Estate surrounding our winery and historic Red Barn. Situated in the eastern part of Rutherford this vineyard is perfectly suited for growing Merlot due to its rich, clay loam soils. We have found over the years that Merlot likes "cool feet" and a "warm body." The clay soils hold more moisture keeping the root-zone cool, while the setting sun over the Mayacamas gives our vines an extra hour of evening sun. Sustainable and dry farming practices reveal the true personality of the varietal, which we describe as having red fruit flavors with a soft, supple texture. We believe that our Merlot is another great ambassador of the Frog's Leap style — elegant, balanced and restrained. About the Wine: There are some years when Merlot is delightful and complete on its own and there are other years that the wine is simply more balanced and powerful with the aid of either or both of its cousins: Cabernet sauvignon or Cabernet franc. You can imagine the lively discussions amongst the winemaking team each year as we confront the possibilities of our new vintage of Merlot. The goal is simple: preserve the intense and beautiful red fruit character of Merlot while building the structure of the wine with Cabernet sauvignon or Cabernet franc. In particularly fine years the Merlot’s fruit aromas are intense enough to allow substantial additions of a Cabernet cousin which will deepen the flavors and add significantly to its age-worthiness. Such is the 2015 Merlot which gladly accepted nearly 20% of our best Cabernet sauvignon. With its beautiful dark raspberry aromas and silken yet powerful flavors, this without question is a wine for the cellar. And with a few years of age, this wine will beg for a well-seasoned pork roast on a bed of fall root vegetables. The Blend: 81% Merlot 19% Cabernet Sauvignon Aged: 19 months in French and American oak Alcohol: 13.2% TA: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.55

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Vineyards farmed responsibly. Serious wine presented with a warm sense of humor. This is Frog`s Leap. Bring a bottle to your table. Stash a few in your Cellar. Lift a glass with friends. Drink it. We`ll make more.

External Reviews for Frog's Leap Merlot Napa Valley

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Source: We Speak Wine
03/06/2018

A Brief History: A part of our family since 1990, Merlot holds a special place in the heart of Frog's Leap as the majority of the fruit comes from the Estate surrounding our winery and historic Red Barn. Situated in the eastern part of Rutherford this vineyard is perfectly suited for growing Merlot due to its rich, clay loam soils. We have found over the years that Merlot likes "cool feet" and a "warm body." The clay soils hold more moisture keeping the root-zone cool, while the setting sun over the Mayacamas gives our vines an extra hour of evening sun. Sustainable and dry farming practices reveal the true personality of the varietal, which we describe as having red fruit flavors with a soft, supple texture. We believe that our Merlot is another great ambassador of the Frog's Leap style — elegant, balanced and restrained. About the Wine: There are some years when Merlot is delightful and complete on its own and there are other years that the wine is simply more balanced and powerful with the aid of either or both of its cousins: Cabernet sauvignon or Cabernet franc. You can imagine the lively discussions amongst the winemaking team each year as we confront the possibilities of our new vintage of Merlot. The goal is simple: preserve the intense and beautiful red fruit character of Merlot while building the structure of the wine with Cabernet sauvignon or Cabernet franc. In particularly fine years the Merlot’s fruit aromas are intense enough to allow substantial additions of a Cabernet cousin which will deepen the flavors and add significantly to its age-worthiness. Such is the 2015 Merlot which gladly accepted nearly 20% of our best Cabernet sauvignon. With its beautiful dark raspberry aromas and silken yet powerful flavors, this without question is a wine for the cellar. And with a few years of age, this wine will beg for a well-seasoned pork roast on a bed of fall root vegetables. The Blend: 81% Merlot 19% Cabernet Sauvignon Aged: 19 months in French and American oak Alcohol: 13.2% TA: 5.7 g/L pH: 3.55



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