The Rosé Society: 2011 La Grenouille Rouganté Pink by Frog’s Leap (Napa Valley)

With its French name and script, the label of La Grenouille Rouganté is at once intriguing and mysterious. Only described as “pink,” the grape varietals are not even listed. One has to look carefully to see that this rosé is actually made by Frog’s Leap in Rutherford, California.  The Frog’s Leap website reveals that the wine is a blend of 41% Zinfandel and 59% Valdiguie, a grape originally from the Languedoc-Roussillon that is known by many other names, including Gros Auxerrois and Napa Gamay.

La Grenouille Rouganté was a pretty tone of medium pink, with a hint of copper. Delicate and subtle came to mind in smelling and tasting this wine. While in many cases, I think these descriptors are positives, I found La Grenouille Rouganté too restrained. It’s light and refreshing, but lacking in the core of fresh fruit that I have come to expect of very good rosés. Some notes of strawberries and herbs started to emerge as the wine came closer to room temperature. Medium acidity, light body, and a fairly short finish.  Ok/good.

At D&L Liquors for $17.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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