Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast Red Shed 2004
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.
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.
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!
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.
Food Pairings for Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast Red Shed
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.
170 cases produced.
Aged 25 months in French Oak.
Notes: 20 % New 80% Seasoned
|Alcohol: 14.5%||pH: 3.74|
|Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter|