Frogs Leap Cabernet 2006 $39.99
It's not easy being green - that is unless you're a frog, or, in this case, Frog's Leap. The Rutherford winery has been farming its vineyards organically since 1988, and they also dry farm nearly 200 acres, saving water, too. This winery might have a fun personality, but it doesn't mean they don't take winemaking seriously. Consciously avoiding the tendency toward over-extracted, super-sweet Cabernets, Frog's Leap aims to let the fruit's natural character shine. In 2006 this comes across clearly with the fresh herb and black fruit notes that dominate the wine's bouquet. Intense cassis, black plum and currant flavors are balanced by cigar box nuances. But what really makes this wine great is its well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity, keeping you coming back from more all through a meal.