(From 2013 Vintage) As the average age of our Zinfandel vines now reaches 35 years, it seems to me that the fruits of these vines are reaching new heights of complexity and finesse. Not to be challenged by the below average rainfall that has so vexed California, this 2014 vintage, never the less, has a jaunty spirit and is just a plain delicious drink. Profound perfume is what comes to my mind when your nose first hits the unfolding bouquet of the 2014. Rich flavors of raspberry and mulberry are underscored with a just touch of cinnamon and white pepper. More elegance than brawn, this wine is where Volnay meets Morgon. Consider a pairing with a beautiful, roasted bird garnished with spring chanterelles.
(From «nv» Vintage) In the centuries-old tradition of the "field blend” the 2008 Frog’s Leap Zinfandel reveals the great character and multi-layered nuances of its almost forgotten varietals. The Zinfandel offers lush layers of wild raspberry and mulberry underscored with a touch of cinnamon and white pepper. The ‘Pets’ deepen the rich dark color, add a weighty mid-palate and strengthen the flavors of blueberry and spice while that dash of Carignane helps to drive the finish. The tannins are polished and the texture is plush. With an alcohol under 14% this wine is rich yet quaffable and is the perfect partner for your next barbeque
Good but not great. I was initially excited to see this in my local LCBO because I loved the late 90's vintages when I lived in California. I bought an entire case at $37 Cdn a bottle but soon regretted it. It's a terrific wine but good enough for $37. If it were priced $25 or below it would have gotten a 4.5 or 5 out of 5
has a light bite to start, but fades quickly leaving a very smooth finish.
smoothe & fruity
Wine & SpiritsRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. This floral zin has a cool, wild blueberry tone edged by red spice. The zesty fruit brightens the tannins' darker earth and mushroom savor. There's tension to the structure, and harmonious balance in the length of flavor. Delicious now to decant for roast quail stuffed with wild mushrooms, this is also suited to age.