Tuesday afternoon I had to take a wine run to one of our local Wine & Spirits shops to pick up a white wine to serve with broiled salmon and snow crab. My first thoughts were of a dry or semi-dry Finger Lakes Riesling, but while there I decided on a California Sauvignon Blanc and found one that looked very interesting, a Frog's Leap Rutherford Napa Valley 2010.($22). Interesting because of the connection of Frog's Leap and the New York Finger Lakes.
Frog's Leap was founded
by the Williams family, on a spot along Mill Creek known
as the Frog Farm. At the helm of Frog's Leap is John Williams,
winemaker and former dairy farmer from upstate New York.
John Williams grew up in Western New York and originally attended
Cornell University to extend his studies as a dairyman. A
fortuitous work-study program at Taylor Wine Company and a
few bottles of wine later, John entered the Enology and Viticulture
Masters Program at UC Davis. Following Davis, he returned
to the Finger Lakes as the start-up winemaker at Glenora Wine
Cellars. Taking inspiration from his first Napa Valley winemaking
post in the cellars of Stag's Leap, John began making wine
commercially in 1981 and named the new operation "Frog's Leap."
Winemakers John Williams and Paula Moschetti hand-craft an annual
production of almost 60,000 cases composed of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel.
Frog's Leap produces some of Napa Valley's finest wines and,
undoubtedly, has one of the wine world's best mottos: "Time's
Fun When You're Having Flies."
Before I forget, Frog's Leap grapes are organically grown. See here...
The wines color was typical Sauvignon Blanc, bright, pale with a greenish hue. Nice aromas of green apple, grapefruit, lemon peel and melon with some honeysuckle filled the glass. In the mouth the wine was nicely balanced with grapefruit, lemon, some green apple and a little slate like minerality. The finish was lengthy with lots of grapefruit, some lemon zest and hints of peach. Very much reminded me of some French Sauvignon Blancs. Only drawback is the price. I found many very nice Sauvignon Blancs under $15 over the past few years and I paid $22 locally for the Frog's Leap. You can find this wine on-line for as low as $17 and I may even be able to find a much lower price by shopping around. Then again, this was a delicious and refreshing wine that I just may buy again. Highly Recommended