Frog’s Leap: The Brilliant 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a Testament to Organic & Biodynamic Farming.

First certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 1988 Frog’s Leap has been a leader in the industry for over two decades.The winery relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and control pests on a farm. Organic farming excludes the use of manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators and genetically modified organisms. Organic farming involves mechanical weed control (via cultivating or hoeing) rather than herbicidal weed control.

Biodynamic agriculturalists conceive of the farm as an organically self-contained entity with its own individuality, within which organisms are interdependent. Emphasis is placed on the integration of crops and livestock, recycling of nutrients, maintenance of soil, and the health and well being of crops and animals; the farmer too is part of the whole.Thinking about the interactions within the farm ecosystem naturally leads to a series of holistic management practices that address the environmental, social, and financial aspects of the farm. Frog’s Leap uses cover crops, green manures and crop rotations extensively to foster bio-diversity, soil health and overall farm wellbeing.

Though Frog’s Leap employs the methods of Dry Farming because of the impact it has on wine quality, the practice has been identified by the state of California as an incredible water conservation tool. By not irrigating its grapevines the winery saves enough water each year to fill 40 Olympic-size swimming pools.

    The 2015 Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine, not to mention a tremendous value. It is also the kind of wine that is easy to overlook in a universe of turbo-charged Napa Valley Cabernets. But that would be a mistake. The 2015 is dark and ample on the palate, with a bit more textural richness than normal because of the unique conditions of the year. Succulent black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and new leather all flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that makes the deepest impression. Even better, this is one of the very finest values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon readers will come across. Don't miss it. - 94 points Vinous $54.99


The 2015 Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is a gorgeous wine, not to mention a tremendous value. It is also the kind of wine that is easy to overlook in a universe of turbo-charged Napa Valley Cabernets. But that would be a mistake. The 2015 is dark and ample on the palate, with a bit more textural richness than normal because of the unique conditions of the year. Succulent black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and new leather all flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that makes the deepest impression. Even better, this is one of the very finest values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon readers will come across. Don't miss it. - 94 points Vinous $54.99

Kristian Denis