THE BLEND 85% Zinfandel 14.5% Petit Sirah 0.5% Carignane
RELEASE DATE April 2013
$22.95 Club Price
Quantity discount available
Harvested ~ September 19 - October 3. 23.5° brix at harvest. 13.8% alcohol.
6.0 gr/L total acidity. 3.72 pH. Aged 12 months in American oak
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
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, Carignane, and 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
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!
John Williams and Paula Moschetti