Wine & Spirits 92
"John Williams consistently grows one of the most compelling cabernets on the valley floorwithout ever irrigating his organically farmed vines. His 2008 is elegant and refined, a cabernet thats not afraid to show some varietal notes of tobacco and herb, along with black cherry and cranberry flavors. Its complex and youthfully tannic, all woven into a seamless finish. This should age with grace."
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My grandfather always said that you could pretty much tell how good a farmer was by how straight his fences were. Perhaps the Napa Valley equivalent would be that you can predict the quality of a winery's product by the health of their vines. After four decades of making wine in the Napa Valley, I am proud to say that Frog's Leap grows almost all of our own grapes. And a visit to the winery always starts in our beautiful vineyards.
For more than 25 years we've been well known for our advancement of the principles of organic grape growing, dry farming and many aspects of biodynamics. It would be understandable for one to attribute our actions to a deeply held political agenda or, quite the opposite, to a thinly veiled marketing plan. While both are fair assumptions, neither are true. In point of fact, it has always been wine quality that drives our farming choices.