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Colour: Red
Producer: Frog's Leap Winery
Region: California
Appellation: Rutherford
Grape Variety: Zinfandel

Zinfandel, 2018

7 cases, 1 bottle
£49.17 per bottle

Tasting Note:

The wine that initially turned us on to Frog’s Leap was their Zinfandel. Coming from dry farmed 40 year old vineyards, this is a wine straight out of the old school; moderate in alcohol, co-fermented and given little to no new oak, it’s a great advert for just how versatile, interesting, and downright drinkable Zinfandel can be when done well. Small proportions of Carignan, Petite Sirah and Valdigue are harvested and fermented with the Zinfandel, bringing nuance and flavour complexity, while simultaneously moderating the alcohol level. As such, this cuvee is almost always under 14%. In 2018, this opens up with wild red fruits, dry stones, warm back pepper, sweet cherry, then flowers. On the palate those bramble fruit notes come with gentle grip, a complex note of bay and burnt embers, salt, rosehip and dried plums. Freshness, complexity, tension – what more could you want!

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