Frog's Leap Zinfandel 2015
It is tempting to think of 2015 as a continuation of the drought years so highly reported in California. In fact, in Napa, there was ample rainfall to support full ripening with normal production. The real story of the vintage was a period of very warm weather in late August that rushed the Zinfandel harvest. The results, counter-intuitively, were not a bigger, brawnier Zin but rather a lighter, fresher style. Something very reminiscent of the late 1980's Frog's Leap Zins that are still drinking beautifully today. A light garnet color announces bright, tart-cherry aromas with a hint of baking spices. The flavors are vibrant and perfectly balanced. At least in its early years, I will be reaching for this wine with traditional pasta dishes and simple grilled chicken. Time, I believe, will deepen and richen the wine, making for more intriguing possibilities.