The Rutherford Appellation encompasses just over six square miles in the center of the Napa Valley, between the eastern Vaca Mountain Range and the Mayacamas Range on the west, and it is universally acknowledged to be one of the finest places on earth to grow Cabernet sauvignon.
The early wines made at Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyard by the likes of John Daniel and André Tchelistcheff created a lasting legacy for winemakers and established an indelible connection between wine and terroir in Northern California.
In 1981 when we established Frog’s Leap Winery the idea of making an Estate Wine, not to mention an Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, was the heady stuff of late night, wine-fueled dreaming. Something we were just young enough to believe we could make happen by sheer force of will. Funny thing about dreams—the good ones have a way of sticking around.