"The light, straw-yellow hue of this wine immediately reveals the fact that it is anything but another overblown Chardonnay. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and older French Oak barrels, the Frogs Leap Chardonnay eschews the heavy vanilla and buttery flavors typical of high-maloactic, high-alcohol wines. Instead, aromas of pear and melon give way to the lighter, more delicate aromas of peach blossoms and a slight floral note. The wine enters the palate cleanly and brightly with flavors of green apple, citrus, and a hint of vanilla balanced by the wines acid, not to mention its racier mineral-and-slate essence. Fresh and vibrant, this Chardonnay ?nishes clean and tart, practically begging for the next sip-making it a great food wine. So be brave, take off the fake mustache and glasses, and proudly tell the sommelier that youll actually be drinking Chardonnay with your dinner." ~Winery notes
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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.