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Lang Reed & Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 1998

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

At first inky and bitter as cherry skin, this opens with air to reveal an intriguing floral scent. The texture smoothes out and draws to a fuller cherry fruit. Decant this if you open it soon, or cellar it for a few years to bring the fruit forward.

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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

External Reviews for Lang Reed & Cabernet Franc Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

At first inky and bitter as cherry skin, this opens with air to reveal an intriguing floral scent. The texture smoothes out and draws to a fuller cherry fruit. Decant this if you open it soon, or cellar it for a few years to bring the fruit forward.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A hearty Franc, inside-out, with smoky, leathery, stalky and beefy berry aromas that morph into rich, earthy, dusty currant and new shoe leather flavors, right down to the chewy tannins in the finish. Best from 2003 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ripe, round and polished, with pretty plum and black cherry fruit that shows a beefy side. Turns elegant and sophisticated on the finish, where the flavors are neatly tapered and the tannins are fine and integrated. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The ebullient John Skupny and his wife Tracy focus only one varietal at Lang andamp; Reed: Loire Valley native Cabernet Franc. The couple began making the wine in 1993, convinced that the blending and proper vinification of select Napa Valley Cabernet Franc plantings would result in a serious California version of one of the worldandrsquo;s great food wines.



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