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2012 ZINFANDEL, Frog’s Leap. Napa Valley, California

Bin:  700

Alcohol percentage:  14%

Organic

Grape variety:

85% Zinfandel, the rest Petite Sirah and Carignan; all fermented together and aged for 14 months in American oak barrels

Producer:

Frog’s Leap is run by the brilliant and idiosyncratic John Williams. Here is his introduction to this wine:
“Yes, we have noticed that the monster Zins of the ’70s are still in fashion. And yes, just like fashion they command monster prices based on their “big” alcohol, “big” flavors, and “big” bottles. But Frog’s Leap Zin is different: you can’t use this stuff to light your charcoal grill.
Maybe it’s that we found our early inspiration for Zinfandel from a different source — instead of reinventing Zinfandel, we looked to the past and the incredible Zins of the ’40s and ’50s. Those wines taught us the lessons that the old-timers knew: that field blends of Petite sirah, Carignane, and Napa Gamay all picked at ripeness (not as raisins) added color, aromatics, and earthy complexity. In other words, the help of other varietals was needed to reveal the Zinfandel grape’s true flavors. These principles form the foundation for our wine today.”

Old Bridge rating:

It’s true what JW says – it is unusual for a serious California Zin to come in at 14% or less. This is a relatively restrained style, one that comes into its own with food, and improves with every glass.
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