"The eastern side of the Rutherford appellation is lined with deep clay soils
that are the perfect place to grow great merlot. The 2004 Frog's Leap
Merlot is predominantly grown in these soils in the shadow of the Red
Barn, yielding a wine of intensity and structure that needs no blending
partner. The purity of the merlot varietal shows in the wine's classic
aromas of cherry and ripe red fruit. On the palate one can easily taste
why Cab wasn't needed for structure ? this wine has a balance that is best
left to stand on its own. Flavors of chocolate, plum and pepper find great
harmony with the plush, soft texture of this merlot. With ripe fruit and
clean flavors the wine is a perfect match with frisee aux lardons." ~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.