February Wine of the Month: Lang & Reed 2009 Cabernet Franc 214
This month we launch our "It's a New New World" campaign with a stellar example of a somewhat unsung grape from a daring winery that put all its eggs in the Cabernet Franc basket. The results are this beautifully perfumed, elegant, supple Cab Franc that will have you thinking Chinon, Bourgeuil or Samur Champigny way before California. Dare we say Rougeard? Well worthy of our our Wine of the Month designation, don't miss out on this beautiful harbinger of things to come - Only a few cases available so don't wait!
Lang and Reed 2009 Cabernet 214
If you were to taste this beautiful Cabernet Franc blind I can almost gaurantee it will have you thinking "Loire Valley, warm vintage" way before you think of placing it in the Napa Valley. It is grown in a rocky hillside vineyard on Sugarloaf mountain in southeastern Napa Valley where the climate is influenced by cool breezes from San Francisco Bay. It is also made from, and named for, a Loire Valley clone (214) of Cabernet Franc that also plays a role in the style and flavor of this terrific wine. Cool, aromatic herbs, red and dark fruits, hints of earthy, stony tones on the nose, followed by a suple, round, gently mouthfilling wine that has depth and body balanced by nice acidity and soft tannins. Perfect for light meats, chicken, duck, pork or classic steak and frites.
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