2019 Frog’s Leap Merlot
2019 Frog’s Leap Merlot Ripened red berries and cherry flavors are accentuated by delicate notes of mocha, herbs, and spice. This wine has a plush mouth-feel and a lovely finish. With beautiful deep plum and red fruit aromas, a silky structure and long perfectly balanced flavors, the 2019 Merlot paired beautifully with a confit of duck served with wild rice at a gathering of friends.
For more than 25 years Frog’s Leap has 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.
Arriving in the Napa Valley in the early 70s afforded me the opportunity of mentorship under some of our greatest winemakers. These men, and the wines they produced, profoundly influenced my own desire to make wines that adhere to three basic principles–balance, restraint and respect for terroir. I believe these characteristics are the indisputable product of the vine itself and are an expression of the deep connection to the soil and environment in which it lives.
Grapevines are living, sentient beings with their days and nights consumed by concern for vital life choices, like when to sweeten their fruit to attract birds to spread their seed, or when to break bud in the spring, or when to start storing energy for the next season. These are critical decisions a vine makes each and every day. So how does a grapevine make these decisions? They do so by taking information from their environment. They measure the angle of the sun, the phase of the moon, the tug of the planets, the temperature and moisture content of the soil and the kind of chemical signals soil organisms are giving off. It knows when the birds visit, it’s on familiar terms with surrounding insects and their life stages and it takes a cue from the acorns falling off the nearby oaks. In short everything in its environment is a clue.