Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red 2010
Well, I decided to pull the trigger and get the last of the Arrogant Frog varietals that they sell in my city. So, the Lily Pad Red will probably conclude my Arrogant Frog series, since there is nothing new for me to try. While it is sad, I will have to muster up my strength and move on. However, I must discuss the wine first. Time to queue up “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey and get to work.
Name: Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red
Winery: Arrogant Frog (Domaines Paul Mas)
Varietals: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if you realized that there are only 10 days left to Valentine’s Day.)
There was a very deep, dark color to the Lily Pad Red. If you checked the wine under a few differing levels of light, then you could pick out some red but it did not let any light through it. I was able to immediately pick out spice and vanilla, but I was having a really hard time with the fruit accents. Because it is a blend, and I suck at fully distinguishing blends, I am leaning more towards it being heavily on the blackberry side and not really involved in red fruits (raspberry or cherry). I could be totally wrong, but if I was a sommelier, then I probably would have a different career than I do now.
The taste of the wine itself was a little surprising. Even though there was spice on the nose, the wine was much more spicy than the aromas led on. The fruit comes out right from the start, and the vanilla decides to mosey in during the long and warm finish.
I want to pair this wine with barbeque. Not just because I have really wanted to smoke a brisket lately, but because I want to see how it stands up against different barbequed flavors. I want to try this with chicken, pork, beef, deer…really anything that I can legally buy or transport to Texas.
Rating: Enjoy Again
It is sad that I cannot find another wine from Arrogant Frog around here. I have tried all three varietals, and they have each been very good buys. Who knows, maybe they will distribute more in my area in the future. In the meantime, if you need a good Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, or Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot mix, then you owe it to yourself to try the fruits of this winery’s labor.