by Alan Boehmer, Wine Writer
2009 Wild Hogge Tree Frog
Rich, velvety and effulgent nose of clear varietal character that one only finds in mature wines; in this case, 10 years. The deep blackberry nose is complemented by a faint suggestion of truffles. It’s age is also revealed by the beginning of a clear edge. The color is deep and warm. Richly flavored and mouth filling, a bold, voluptuous wine with assertive character, meaty and reminiscent of jammy fruit. Excellent balance of acid/body/tannins and a long, penetrating finish. A delicious stand-alone wine or to be enjoyed with smoky, barbecued meats, but not a great pairing for frogs.