Frogs Leap 2010 Zinfandel Napa Valley

Name of wine: 
Frogs Leap 2010 Zinfandel Napa Valley

(77.5% Zinfandel 22% Petit Sirah 0.5% Carignane, Napa Valley AVA, Napa County, California) Alcohol 13.8%

Price paid:  $13 (375 ml) Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Medium viscosity and a skim milk mouth feel.  Release Date: June 2012. Tasted September 17th, 2012.

Color:  Bright garnet and clear.

Nose:  Fruit and spice.

Palate:  Medium tannins. Medium alcohol and acidity. Short finish and medium complexity. Fruity with spicy high notes. I can taste the oak in this one.

Food:  I would most likely pair this with food that can benefit from this wines acidity. Roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce would work well.

Winemaker notes:

Frog’s Leap grows all of their grapes organically and uses organic fertilizers.  After harvest they plant cover crops in compost to help care for their soil.  They are also studying biodynamic farming too.

From the Frog’s Leap website:


Yes, we have noticed that the monster Zins of the ’70s are still in fashion. And yes, just like fashion they command monster prices based on their “big” alcohol, “big” flavors, and “big” bottles. But Frog’s Leap Zin is different: you can’t use this stuff to light your charcoal grill (find a good grill).

Maybe it’s that we found our early inspiration for Zinfandel from a different source — instead of reinventing Zinfandel, we looked to the past and the incredible Zins of the ’40s and ’50s. Those wines taught us the lessons that the old-timers knew: that field blends of Petite Sirah, Carignane, and Napa Gamay all picked at ripeness (not as raisins) added color, aromatics, and earthy complexity. In other words, the help of other varietals was needed to reveal the Zinfandel grape’s true flavors. These principles form the foundation for our wine today.


Our classic “field blend” of old-vine Zinfandel, Petite sirah and Carignane continues to presents us with a rich, yet quaffable wine. Our 2010 Zinfandel welcomes you with enticing aromas of cinnamon and clove which underscore layers of brambly fruit and dried cranberries. Luscious flavors of cherry and boysenberry–laced with hints of earth and spice–delight your palate. The
resolved tannins and plush texture are balanced by a bright acidity. However, the beauty of this wine is its drinkability and with an alcohol of less than 14% you are assured a perfect partner for your backyard get-togethers..


John Williams and Paula Moschetti


Frank Leeds

The Napa Valley AVA is located in Napa County, California.  Zinfandel is an underrated varietal. Many still think Zinfandel = “White Zin” sweet wine, which is no longer true. Think big. bold flavours that marry well with backyard BBQ!

Did you know about red Zin? Would you try it?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for

Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV Anderson Valley

Name of wine: Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV Anderson Valley {EAV:ac9606259801e5e3}

(60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay, Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino County, California) Alcohol 12%

100% Estate grown.  5200 cases.

Price paid:  $22  Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Looks and smells very inviting.  Picture perfect bottle, label, color, and fizz.  From the coppery foil on the bottle to the pleasant smell and wonderful color.  Very refreshing too.  Like off-dry, artisanal grapefruit soda!  Tasted September 4, 2012.

Color:  Salmony-peach color with lively bubbles.

Nose:  Pleasant, slight yeast detected.  A delicate nose.

Palate:  Pink grapefruit and citrus with mouth filling bubbles.  Some acidity in the finish.  Off-dry.

Food:  I could celebrate and toast this one all night long.  Absolutely pair with fresh oysters on the half shell as well.

Winemaker notes:

Roederer Estate has been producing wines in Anderson valley since 1982.  The estate was founded by Champange Louis Roederer has a 200-year in history in France.

From the Roederer Estate website:

“As with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is comprised of 100 percent estate-grown grapes. Oak-aged wines from the Estate’s reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used—no premiere or deuxieme taille. The wine is then fermented at 65 degrees Fahrenheit in high-grade stainless-steel tanks. Five percent Pinot Noir is added for color prior to secondary fermentation; no malolactic fermentation is used. Oak-aged reserve wines from the Estate’s cellars make up 10 percent to 20 percent of the Rosé cuvée.”

The Anderson VAlley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California.  There are several up and coming wineries located here known for their pinots and chardonnays.  Some of my favorite winemakers including Sean Thackrey source some of their grapes from the Valley as well.

Do you prefer Brut, Brut Rosé, or even vintage sparkling wine?  What is your favorite sparkling wine??

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for