Frog's Leap Merlot (3 Liter) 2009
Merlot from Napa Valley, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Filled with fragrant notes of rich black berry and traces of cocoa powder, the 2009 Frog's Leap Merlot exhibits a cascading flavor profile of ripened red berries and cherry accentuated by delicate notes of mocha, herbs and spice.
"John Williams's crusade for dry farming in Napa makes sunse out of Merlot, a grape that responds to irrigation by racing to higher alcohol levels with each successive heat spike. This has some warmth, adding a gentle glow from within the fruit, the flavors clean and fragrant, the tannins lovely, dark in tone. A int of pyrazines adds buoyancy to the finish. For grilled quail."
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Frog's Leap is an iconic California winery dedicated to organic farming, sustainable living and quality wines. Situated in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley, Frog"s Leap produces wine under the leadership of John Williams, a former dairy farmer from New York who created the winery in 1981.
John Williams grew up in Western New York and originally attended Cornell...
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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...
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No second fiddle
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