Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2011
"The aromatics of this classic field blend present a delightful challenge to the nose. Not exactly fresh fruit and not really jam, either. Rather, it’s like a bunch of summer fruit—strawberry, raspberry, fig, and huckleberry—all conserved together in one aromatic package. It’s sophisticated in the depth of its aroma profile and fun at the same time. The flavors are a big surprise as well—no jammy sweetness. Instead the wine is taut, refined and reminiscent of a very fine Tuscan Chianti and absolutely the right counterpoint to the aromas. This wine promises great things for sophisticated culinary efforts a few years down the line, but in the meantime you’ll love it with this summer’s barbeques!" -Winery
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.
Dark purple. Wonderful nose with wild berries and currants. Slight acidity mellows into a dry mouth feel with tastes of currant, berries, and a touch of black pepper. Nice backing if tannins and oak. Lovely and consistent.
One of my favorite Zinfandel in this price range. I will continue to purchase this and hope to try multiple vintages. New world style that is fruit-forward with still that slight hint of spice the pairs well with red meat or BBQ. Great quality and a wine I always reach for when looking for a gift here in Texas. Wonderful!
Nice overall wine, although it shares more characteristics with a Merlot then classic Zin. Earthy aromas, dark berries, a bit of acid. Not a fruit bomb, much more subtle. Very enjoyable, but at this price point, I think there are better choices. For a few bucks more, I'd rather find a Michael David Earthquake Zin.
Three and a half glasses
A very elegant wine. On the nose, rich raspberry with subtle notes of pepper. In the mouth, cherry and raspberry dominate with a hint of tobacco. Clean yet pleasantly lingering on the finish.
External Reviews for Frog's Leap Zinfandel
About the Wine: As the average age of our Zinfandel vines now reaches 35 years, it seems to me that the fruits of these vines are reaching new heights of complexity and finesse. Not to be challenged by the below average rainfall that has so vexed California, this 2014 vintage, never the less, has a jaunty spirit and is just a plain delicious drink. Profound perfume is what comes to my mind when your nose first hits the unfolding bouquet of the 2014. Rich flavors of raspberry and mulberry are underscored with a just touch of cinnamon and white pepper. More elegance than brawn, this wine is where Volnay meets Morgon. Consider a pairing with a beautiful, roasted bird garnished with spring chanterelles. Aged: 12 months in American oak Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.67 TA: 5.6 g/L
A Brief History: Yes, we have noticed that the monster Zins of the '70s are still in fashion. And yes, just like fashion they command monster prices based on their "big" alcohol, "big" flavors, and "big" bottles. But Frog's Leap Zin is different: you can't use this stuff to light your charcoal grill. Maybe it's that we found our early inspiration for Zinfandel from a different source — instead of reinventing Zinfandel, we looked to the past and the incredible Zins of the '40s and '50s. Those wines taught us the lessons that the old-timers knew: that field blends of Petite sirah, Carignan, and sometimes Napa gamay all picked at ripeness (not as raisins) added color, aromatics, and earthy complexity. In other words, the help of other varietals was needed to reveal the Zinfandel grape's true flavors. These principles form the foundation for our wine today. About the Wine: Perhaps it’s just me being the second child, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the vintage following the one universally described as great. Yes, the ’61 and ’82 Bordeaux were laudable but I somehow found the ’62s and ‘83s to be much more satisfying! And so it goes with our 2013 Zinfandel, perhaps standing in the shadow of the acclaimed 2012s, but doing so with grace and confidence. The 2013 vintage was actually a very fine one with lower yields that produced fruit with those succulent warm summer flavors easily identifiable in this beautiful wine: aromas of cinnamon and brambly fruit followed by flavors of cherry, fig, and huckleberry. With all the potential to age gracefully there is something more: a sense of humility ringed with self-confidence that is both charming and delicious. - Winery The Blend: 77% Zinfandel 22% Petite sirah 1% Carignan Aged: 12 months in American oak Alcohol: 13.8% Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.68
About this Wine What happens when you combine Frog’s Leap’s classic Zinfandel style with one of the finest vintages in recent memory? Superb raspberry, huckleberry aromas followed by taut, refined, seductive flavors of red fruit compote layered with spice and a sensuous mouth-feel that makes this wine one for the ages. This is serious wine: beautifully proportioned and sophisticated. We will understand your desire to drink this wine now at your summer barbeques but, we beg you, consider putting a few bottles down in your cellar. We’re putting down an extra few ourselves! - Winery The Blend: 76% Zinfandel 23% Petite sirah 1% Carignan Aged: 12 months in American oak Alcohol: 13.7% TA: 5.8 g/L pH: 3.64
A wine that expresses its intensity through complex layers instead of simple, brute power. It is almost impossible to describe the zesty 'fruit bowl' of aromatics: Raspberry? Blackberry? Mulberry? Perhaps razzmatazz berry describes it best. The addition of Petite Sirah underscores the ripe fruit flavors and adds a spicy touch of cardamom and cinnamon. Plush without ever being heavy or harsh.
Dry farmed and organically grown, this zin is blended with petite sirah (14 percent) and a drop of carignan in an old-school Napa Valley style. It’s meaty and smooth, with mellow black plum fruitiness cut by spicy cracked black peppercorn scents. The kind of wine to drink with take-out malfatti in Napa (see Wolfgang Weber’s article in the Fall issue for sources).
An elegant style that will appeal to many, offering good complexity and sleek notes of cherry, spice and herb. Drink now through 2020.
Frog's Leap Winery was a Napa Valley pioneer in organic and sustainable farming, and their light-handed winemaking techniques produce lovely varietal-correct wines. The 2010 Zinfandel has lots of plush fruit and spice.
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Dietary Information: Organic, Biodynamic
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