Frog’s Leap Winery is based in the town of Rutherford, in Napa Valley, California. The winery produces a number of red and white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel, to name a few.
The 2009 Frog’s Leap Merlot Rutherford was 100% Merlot. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months. The label listed ABV was 13.2%.
I had heard the Frog’s Leap name talked about frequently, but had never tried any of their wines. I came across their 2009 Merlot while shopping a local beverage store.
Purely out of curiosity about the brand, I picked up a bottle.
This was a PNP.
The first sip was fairly disappointing. Airplane wine was the first thought to come to mind (I thought of this even before the fruit.). Blasé black fruit was about the only thing detectable. The wine was very acidic, to the point of being overbearing. This Merlot lacked flavor, substance, and balance.
The finish was short to medium, with tannins and little flavor. It was not very enjoyable.
This wine was very one dimensional. Black fruit, and not even tasty black fruit, it was just blah. There was no depth at all. Sometimes a bad bottle of wine is just a bad bottle of wine.
The 2009 Frog’s Leap Merlot Rutherford Napa Valley retails in the $35 to $40 range. There are many better options available in that area. I know this wine has its followers, but I would not purchase it again, nor would I recommend it.