2015 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Napa Valley

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2015 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Napa Valley

48.99

Winemaker Notes

This is a classically structured Cabernet that is the result of a decades-long pursuit to obtain vineyards on the Rutherford Bench. The 2015 certainly fills all of the requirements of succeeding in the lineage of the Estate Grown Cabernets but it does it with a little twist.The 2015 is a remarkable wine: rich, deep mocha aromas, superb balance, with very long and deep flavors. Is the Merlot contributing? We think yes. Please wait 10 years to open and even then give it an hour in the decanter. Can’t wait? Grill a well-aged N.Y. strip and serve simply with a peppery arugula salad.Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc

Critical Acclaim

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Vinous

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine, not to mention a tremendous value. It is also the kind of wine that is easy to overlook in a universe of turbo-charged Napa Valley Cabernets. But that would be a mistake. The 2015 is dark and ample on the palate, with a bit more textural richness than normal because of the unique conditions of the year. Succulent black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and new leather all flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that makes the deepest impression. Even better, this is one of the very finest values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon readers will come across. Don't miss it.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com

Finely balanced with just the right amount of muscle, the firmly structured 2015 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits lovely currants and savory spices in the flavors. Pair it with a grilled duck salad. (Tasted: November 20, 2017, San Francisco, CA)

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Wine & Spirits

John Williams and his team at Frog’s Leap built their Rutherford Estate cabernet program on three vineyards: Red Barn (surrounding the winery), Chavez Leeds (in partnership with viticulturist Frank Leeds’s family) and the Rossi Ranch, 50 acres of prime real estate on the Rutherford Bench west of Highway 29, a property the winery purchased in 2007. This blend includes 13 percent merlot from Rossi, which fills out the wine and polishes the bitter, earthy tannins of cabernet, making this a fat, luscious vintage to serve with filet mignon.

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