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Merlot, Frog's Leap
This wine radiates bright aromatics of ripe plum, underscored by notes of cocoa. Cherry & currants are laced with hints of cigar box & dried herbs. Medium bodied & smooth, the succulent fruit core is balanced by delicate acidity.
THE BLEND 100% Merlot
PRODUCTION 11,389 cases
RELEASE DATE October 2008
Harvest ~ September 12 - September 27. 23.5° brix at harvest. 13.1% alcohol. 6.0 gr/1 total acidity. 3.53 pH. Aged 18 months in French and American oak
A BRIEF HISTORY
A part of our family since 1990, Merlot holds a special place in the heart of Frog’s Leap as the majority of the fruit comes from the Estate surrounding our winery and historic Red Barn. Situated in the eastern part of Rutherford this vineyard is perfectly suited for growing Merlot due to its rich, clay loam soils. We have found over the years that Merlot likes “cool feet” and a “warm body.” The clay soils hold more moisture keeping the root-zone cool, while the setting sun over the Mayacamas gives our vines an extra hour of evening sun. Sustainable and dry farming practices reveal the true personality of the varietal, which we describe as having red fruit flavors with a soft, supple texture. We believe that our Merlot is another great ambassador of the Frog’s Leap style - elegant, balanced and restrained.