Lang & Reed
2013 North Coast Cabernet Franc
California: North Coast
Agent Red, who has personally vetted all of the thousands of wines that we’ve sold over these last ten years, is a huge fan of Cabernet Franc. Why does he love it so? Well, Cabernet Franc, when done right, is the most food friendly, delectable and easy drinking varietal there is.
Unfortunately, really great Cab Franc is hard to come by. Unless you shop with The Wine Spies, that is.
We’ve been chasing Lang & Reed for years now, but today is the day that we’re finally featuring their much revered Cabernet Franc.
What took us so long? They’ve always been sold out!
Our begging paid off, though, as they’ve given us a small allocation of their rather stupendous 2013 North Coast Cabernet Franc. This wine is a steal, so reserve yours while you can!
This wine is super fragrant, with big aromas jumping from the glass upon pouring. Black cherry, red current, raspberry, spice box, subtle dried herb and a hint of dark chocolate.
Dark and juicy on the palate, with blackberry compote, grilled cherry, cranberry, mission fig, pencil shavings, cigar box, black licorice, subtle spice and slate mineral.
This wine us guaranteed to please.
Extra dark maroon, with a wide ruby ring at the rim.
Black cherry, red current, raspberry, spice box, subtle dried herb and a hint of dark chocolate.
Blackberry compote, grilled cherry, cranberry, mission fig, pencil shavings, cigar box, black licorice, subtle spice and slate mineral.
Long and plush, with a crushed velvet dryness that encroaches as fruits fade. At the end, licorice, slate and graphite coat the tongue, never seeming to fade completely.
Cabernet Franc is prized for its food-friendliness and flexibility. This wine is no exception to that rule, but the dark flavors lend especially well to darker, grilled meat dishes, like a grilled Porterhouse.
What the Winery Says
- John & Tracey Skupny
- Cabernet Franc
- California, North Coast
- 48% Lake County – High Valley
- 34% Lake County – Red Hills
- 13% Sonoma County
- 5% Napa Valley
- 8 months
- French oak
- Bottling date
- June 2014
- Release date
- September 2015
- 4,082 Cases