2013 Lang & Reed North Coast Cabernet Franc

SKU #1228219 91 points Wine Spectator

 Strikingly complex, dense and aromatic, with a rich core of vivid, graphite-laced dark berry, loamy earthy, underbrush and melted chocolate. Gains depth and nuance on the finish. (Web-2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* One of the few producers to take Cabernet Franc seriously, Lang & Reed has here come up with a very solid version that takes the middle ground as far as forthright fruit, extraction and evident tannin are concerned. It does not lack for the latter, but it is not at all abrasive, and its inclinations to fresh raspberries and mildly creamy oak afford lots of immediate appeal. It is, however, no simple quaffer, and it needs a few years of relaxing before all of its youthful edges are polished off.  (4/2015)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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United States

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.8