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.
Bodegas Dom Bardo is located in the Pontevedra province in the Rias Baixas section of Spain.
The winery is owned by a cooperative of several vineyards and produces only one white wine.
The 2008 Dom Bardo Albarino was 100% Albarino and was aged in stainless steel vats (I wish I’d know that prior to purchase!).
I was looking for a new white to cook with (and to sip while cooking, of course) and this Albarino caught my eye. In hindsight, I wish it hadn’t.
Seavey Vineyard, based in the St. Helena region of Napa, California, produces wines using the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay varietals.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon I tasted utilized 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petite Verdot. The wine was aged in French oak for approximately 19 months and carried an ABV of 14.5%.
This was a very uninspiring bottle of wine.
The 2008 Amarone della Valpolicella is one of several wines produced by Remo Farina from the Valpolicella region of Italy.
The wine is a Corvina blend, being 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara and other wines. The “other wines” part scares me a bit.
Amarone della Valpolicella is aged for 3 years in Slavonian oak barrels, and then an additional year in the bottle.
This was my third tasting of this wine. Maybe it’s the vintage (yes, it’s young), maybe it’s the wine (yes, it’s Corvina), maybe it’s just me (easy there), but I am still not feeling the love for it.
Vignavecchia is a Sangiovese blend produced in Tuscany, Italy.
The wine is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, and 5% Colorino.
Sometimes a bad bottle of wine is just a bad bottle of wine.