Frogs Leap Winery
John Williams is now the sole owner of Frogs Leap Winery. Using sustainable farming methods, Frogs Leap produces several high quality wines that reflect the climate and terrain of their vineyard.
The building that houses the winery was constructed in 1884, and was originally known as the Adamson Winery. When Turley and Williams purchased the property, they implemented modern farming and wine production techniques, and a new era was born. Frogs Leap established their reputation producing Sauvignon Blanc. This was a time when Chardonnay dominated white wines from Napa.
The partnership ended in 1994 with Williams taking the name to the Eastern Conn Dam region of Rutherford and Turley keeping the property. Williams currently produces about 50,000 cases a year under the Frogs Leap label.
Their 2003 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a great vintage that does justice to past triumphs. Its acidity is balanced with smooth fruit flavors and aromas. This wine is much more food friendly than an oaky Chardonnay.
The 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon benefited from a long, methodical growing season. This is a graceful wine that is not overwhelmed by any one component as Cabs can sometimes be.
Frogs Leap shows its versatility with another winner in their 2002 Merlot. It is not only enjoyable by itself, but it also goes well with food. The winery’s 2002 Zinfandel a nice amount of acidity and is not overblown. I am partial to Zins made in this style. A bit of Gamay is added for balance.