When we began our exploration of Cabernet Franc, we set out with the goal to present a wine that was ‘true to type’, or, in wine-speak, a wine that showed ‘typicity’?boldly saying ‘Cabernet Franc’! Our exploration, in progress since 1993, brings us to the rows of many vineyards in very diverse growing conditions. The ‘North Coast’ designation is an approved American Viticultural Area (AVA) that encompasses five counties that are directly affected by maritime influence by touching the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay or Clear Lake. We source Cabernet Franc grapes from four of the five counties – Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Suisun. The diversity of climate, soil and aspect allows us to select grapes with a broad array of characteristics and ripeness so that the final blend is greater than any of the parts. The ‘North Coast’ bottling, our original inspiration, is enjoyed in its youth for vibrancy of aroma and flavor, and with a few years of cellar time, enjoyed for its complexity and satisfying length. Cabernet Franc has a wide range of compatibility to a variety of cuisines and is considered one of the most food friendly red wines.
Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2015 has notes of fresh violets, herbs, elderberries, licorice and spices. The palate is grainy and somewhat edgy with firm tannins, fine acidity and a pretty finish. Drink in 2021.