Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Premier Etage 2003
Premier Etage rises to the challenges of expressing intense quality of fruit and building complexities from the geology and climate of two vineyards. Each of the two cuvees receives slightly different fermentation regimes best suited to the particular vineyard and the ripeness of the grapes. All the grapes are de-stemmed, but not crushed, allowing the partial, whole-berry fermentation to bring forth the seductive Cabernet Franc perfume, aromas and fruit flavors. This year’s addition of Petit Verdot broadened the palate impression and intensified the opacity of the color. Various lengths of post-fermentation maceration are employed before the wine is racked into French oak barrels.
Food Pairings for Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Premier Etage
This Premier Etage displays a dried flower and herb perfume mixed with top notes of berry fruit, vanilla and a touch of smoke. The flavors are a combination of the aromatic notes with a typical dark Swiss chocolate impression noted in previous vintages of the Premier Etage. The follow-through is intense as the combination of rich fruit, fine-grain tannin and ‘good’ wood provides the wine with ample structure and proportion. We always view the Premier Etage to be a ‘Vin de Garde’, or a wine to age, meaning that with proper cellaring the wine will display additional complexities and nuance.
426 cases produced.
Aged 20 months in French Oak.
Notes: 20% new 80% seasoned
|Alcohol: 14.6%||pH: 3.8|
|Total Acidity: 0.51 grams per liter|
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