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Manhattan Fine Wines USD 79.99 750ml

Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast Red Shed 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

L&R RIGHT BANK is an assemblage of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon from five vineyards located in the heart of Napa Valley. Each vineyard site was selected to accent these different grapes’ characteristics so when brought together their individual attributes would lift each other harmoniously. The Cabernet Franc, at 53%, could be the dominant player; however its vibrant aromatics and racy fruit flow seamlessly into the richer, dark plum-like characteristics of the Merlot, at 30%. The Petit Verdot, 9%, supports with density and texture while the Cabernet Sauvignon, 8%, provides a structure to sustain the rich fruit through a lengthy finish. The balance and charm of this wine will allow it to be enjoyed now (we suggest decanting), but that same balance combined with the structure will let the wine gain in complexity and nuance with additional cellar aging.

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Lang & Reed Wine Co.:
Welcome to the Lang & Reed home page where it really does feel like home! As you can see by our new family portrait we’ve been to a wedding…. Cabernet Franc was flowing endlessly in the pastoral town of Chinon in the Loire Valley last month! Our older son, Reed, and his fiancée, Megan, were married in the chapel of an ancient chateau in a hamlet just outside Chinon. We are overwhelmed with ... Read more
Welcome to the Lang & Reed home page where it really does feel like home! As you can see by our new family portrait we’ve been to a wedding…. Cabernet Franc was flowing endlessly in the pastoral town of Chinon in the Loire Valley last month! Our older son, Reed, and his fiancée, Megan, were married in the chapel of an ancient chateau in a hamlet just outside Chinon. We are overwhelmed with joy to announce that our L & R family just got a little bigger. You met us when the boys, Jerzy (Lang) & Reed were quite young – 10 and 13 to be exact. Well, time passes, kids grow and our tale of Cabernet Franc continues. So what could sweeten this fairy-tale story of a wedding in France? You may be guessing that the Chinon connection is no coincidence, and indeed it is not. Their marriage marked the culmination of a more practical plan: an internship for Reed with our favorite Cabernet Franc producer, Domaine Bernard Baudry. Reed has been on a self-designed path of winemaking, first interning for Pahlmeyer Wines here in the Napa Valley, next in New Zealand for Mud House. With great experience under his belt he arrived in the warm embrace of Bernard and Henriette Baudry and immediately marched through the rigors of sugar sampling, harvest, crush, racking, and pump-overs; all the while Megan, with camera in hand, documented the occasion – especially the piger aux pieds (foot stomping!). Together they researched Cab Franc specialists in Saumur, Bourgueil, and St. Nicholas de Bourgueil and immersed themselves in regional culinary specialties: goat cheese, champignons and rillettes! Read less

Member Reviews for Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast Red Shed

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
04/09/2012

Thin oaky aroma, with nice blackberry fruit and a hint of black pepper. Good acidity in the body, with kind of a penny-in-your-mouth finish, but accompanied by good red and black fruit.


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
4.50 5
04/09/2012

Intense, juicy black cherry on the nose with hints of smoke and wood. A bit rustic with some feint barnyard qualities lead into a lovely palate of dark, jammy fruits, balanced tannin and acidity and a lovely finish...addicting!


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
3.50 5
12/21/2007

Upon first opening, pronounced aromas of green pepper and cassis. You need to decant it or leave it open for about an hour. Then it has a nice silky plushness which helps to keep the pepperiness (which never goes away) in balance. Food is vital here. If you try to drink it without, you won't think it's very nice. Best with pepper steak, or a steak with green peppercorn gravy. Day 2: left overnight on counter with cork in it, and no preservative used. Totally different, and suggested that the decanting and/or keeping a while longer is the way to go. The plushness is still there, with a mouthfeel that reminded me of grandma's old silk velvet opera cloak: silky and soft and deep. Cassis and plum flavors and aromas, with pepperiness that had a green undertow without being at all overpowering, very Bordeaux-like in flavor. Had with chicken chili and it was a delight. Tonight would rate it closer to an 88.



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The color of this wine is a deep ruby red with highlights of violet blue on the edges. The aromas are reserved at first, but blossom into an exotic mix of bright cherry, black currant, spice and herbs layered with a hint of creamy vanilla. The palate teases with the similar cherry and currant flavors then bursts into a broad and mouth filling wine that is elegant and focused from the beginning to the finish. The structure of the wine helps hold together each of the components into a seamless impression, with firm, ripe tannins and an everlasting finish.

L&R RIGHT BANK is an assemblage of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon from five vineyards located in the heart of Napa Valley. Each vineyard site was selected to accent these different grapes’ characteristics so when brought together their individual attributes would lift each other harmoniously. The Cabernet Franc, at 53%, could be the dominant player; however its vibrant aromatics and racy fruit flow seamlessly into the richer, dark plum-like characteristics of the Merlot, at 30%. The Petit Verdot, 9%, supports with density and texture while the Cabernet Sauvignon, 8%, provides a structure to sustain the rich fruit through a lengthy finish. The balance and charm of this wine will allow it to be enjoyed now (we suggest decanting), but that same balance combined with the structure will let the wine gain in complexity and nuance with additional cellar aging.

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170 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 25 months in French Oak.

Notes: 20 % New 80% Seasoned

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.74
Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter

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