Frog’s Leap 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley

Name of wine: 
Frog’s Leap 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley

(100% Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford AVA, Napa County, California) Alcohol 12.8%

Price paid:  $10 (375 ml) Buy Now

Where purchased:  D and M Wine and Liquor Co., San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  A lighter wine in both body and alcohol levels.  I detected a mushroom aroma in the glass.  Tasted August 23rd, 2012.

Color:  Light gold.

Nose:  Honeydew melon and lemongrass with moderate intensity.

Palate:  Very light and dry.  Slightly oily.  Medium complexity.  Medium finish.

Food:  Serve with mushroom cheese, veggie appetizers, and white meats (fish, chicken, or pork).

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:

The wine became 100 percent stainless-steel fermented and aged in the late ’90s. It began to carry the Rutherford appellation in 2001. And in 2002 it began to be made exclusively from dry-farmed, organically grown vineyards. From all of this we have learned a simple lesson: the less we interfere in the cellar with the perfectly grown clusters, the more beautiful the wine becomes.

Grown in the heart of the Rutherford appellation the 2010 Frog’s Leap
Sauvignon Blanc alludes to its storied region with aromas of wet stone, peach
blossom and Meyer lemon zest. Across the palate the varietal’s fruit character
moves forward with more citrus and a touch of stone fruit all supported by the
wine’s minerality and crisp, bracing acid. This refreshing wine has a lingering
finish that is sure to satisfy on a warm summer’s day, or with an array of dishes
from pan roasted Petrale Sole to a few simple slices of Chèvre.

The Rutherford AVA is located in Napa County, California.  The AVA is centered around the town of Rutherford, CA, home of my favorite lunch spot in Napa Valley, Rutherford Grill.  Famous for its terroir, the well drained soil of this area is composed of sand, loam, gravel, and volcanic deposits and marine sediments.

Do you prefer Sauvignon Blanc over Chardonnay?  If so, which one??

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