Red

2018 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Rutherford
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • ben7210 Likes this wine: 92 points

    May 29, 2022 - Deep ruby. Dark red fruit and cinnamon on the nose. On the palate medium acidity, medium alcohol, pronounced black cherries and vanilla with some nutmeg on the long finish. Needs a short decant but drinking very well now. Outstanding.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Snoot Doggie Dogg Likes this wine: 90 points

    February 12, 2022 - Master of Wine Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan mentioned this wine in one of her Great Courses lectures, so I thought I would give it a try. The winery gets its name due to the fact that, at the turn of the 20th century, the property was used for raising frogs to be sold to French restaurants for their legs. The owners also wanted to poke at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars by using a similar name. With its 230 acres of vineyards, the winery produces about 60,000 cases per year, 30% of which is Sauvignon Blanc, with the rest being divided between a variety of other grapes to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Chardonnay among others. The winery style tends to focus on wines with a good amount of acidity, which sets them apart from many Napa wines. Being from Rutherford, which is sandwiched in between St. Helena and Oakville, the vineyards are situated pretty far inland on the valley floor, giving them plenty of sun and warmth, making them ideal for growing warm-weather grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Medium-dark ruby with an inky black core, this wine is moderately aromatic, offering notes of dark fruits, green bell pepper, forest floor (dry leaves), cedar and a slight hint of tobacco leaf. I even caught a slight whiff of red raspberry at one point, which was surprising. Upon sipping, one is met with a medium-full bodied wine with high tannins and a tingling acidity. The attack is largely overshadowed by the tannins and acid, but the midpalate offers plenty of tart cherry with blackcurrant, black plum, and green bell pepper and an accompaniment of oaky vanilla and some underlying tobacco leaf. The finish is rather long, offering quite a bit of black plum and an acidic tartness that lingers for some time.

    A bit tarter than a typical Napa cab, though I suppose that is to be expected from a winery that places a premium on high acidity. I could see this improving with age; right now it’s a bit young, as the tannins and acidity are like a kick in the face, so this would be better if that calms down a little courtesy of a few years in bottle. Buy some now and lay down for a bit. Anyway, I enjoyed this with some aged gouda (Old Amsterdam, to be specific). Not a bad pairing! One needs a powerful cheese to stand up to these tannins and acid.

    7 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • Ben Christiansen wrote:

    February 10, 2022 - Rather pure and beautiful Napa fruit to the nose. And palate has allot of gumption and power to it. That's pretty darn good Napa Cabernet.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • NDawley Likes this wine: 89 points

    December 11, 2021 - Mellow, smooth, enjoyable

    1 person found this helpful
  • davidandrose Likes this wine:

    December 9, 2021 - As Geaux Tigers noted this really benefitted from a little air. This was flat right out of the bottle but splash decanting between 2 glasses and 30 mins of air opened this up.

    Only had 2 glasses tonite and look forward to seeing how the balance of this fares over the weekend.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By James Suckling
    10/29/2021 (link)

    (Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Rutherford Estate Grown, Red, United States) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Matthew Luczy
    Napa Valley 2018 Vintage Report, 10/14/2020 (link)

    (Frog's Leap, Estate Grown, Napa Valley, Rutherford, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type Red
  • Producer Frog's Leap
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Estate Grown
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Rutherford
  • UPC Code 715962182144

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  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,047 (80%)
  • Consumed 254 (19%)

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