Frogs Leap Zinfandel 2002

THE BLEND - 82% Zinfandel St. Helena and Rutherford
11% Petit Sirah Rutherford
4% Napa Gamay Rutherford
6% Carignane St. Helena
PRODUCTION - 10,340 cases
RELEASE DATE - April 2003
STATS harvest ~ September 5 - October 15
24.3 brix
14.5% alcohol
6.2 gr/L total acidity
3.69 pH
WINEMAKING native and inoculated yeast natural malolactic 12 months American oak unfined lightly filtered VINTAGE - Spring came early to the Napa Valley in 2001, following an unusually mild winter. After a rare April frost (we were up 9 full nights) the vintage settled in to a very warm early Summer with record high temperatures in May and June. As if in compensation, July and August cooled down allowing for all important hang-time and picture-perfect harvest conditions. WINEMAKER COMMENTS - Old time Zinfandels were traditionally composed of a blend of grape varieties rather than 100% zinfandel grapes. Blender grapes such as petite syrah or carignane were added to give the wine more complexity: backbone and color from petit syrah, fruitiness and lightness from carignane. Frog's Leap continues this winemaking tradition, incorporating the same traditional blenders into our Zinfandel. True to its heritage, our 2001 Zinfandel is rich and elegant, a beauty of great color, lush fruit with silky smooth balanced flavor. An ultimately drinkable wine in the most traditional sense. WINEMAKERS - John Williams and Paula Siroky