Lang & Reed Wine Company

 

 

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LOS ANGELES TIMES

WINE OF THE WEEK:

Cabernet Franc is traditionally a blending grape in Bordeaux, but in the Loire Valley, in Chinon and Bourgeuil, it comes into its own producing supple wines with a dose of black pepper and spice.

California winemakers never seem to have taken to the grape. But John Skupny, who started Lang & Reed winery with his family just more than 10 years ago, thought he'd try his hand at making a Cabernet Franc from grapes grown in Rutherford's western bench. He makes two, actually: this one, which is released a year after it's made, and an age-worthy one called Premier Etage.

The 2005 straight Cabernet Franc is a beauty, and proof, if anyone needs it, that this grape can make a delightful wine in California. It has a beautiful texture, lots of pepper and spice, along with velvety, deep fruit and a lively acidity. Altogether, it's wonderfully food-friendly and delicious.

Drink it with just about anything — a burger, some ribs, a rack of lamb, cheese. This is one versatile wine. Irene Virbila ~ March 28, 2007

 

WINE SPECTATOR

87 Points

“A Chinon style red that’s fresh and fruity, with dried cherry tobacco, herb and sage notes, ending with a fruity note. Perfect for summer nights.” Very Good ~ James Laube

 

International Wine Cellar

87 Points

 “Moderately saturated medium red. Musky aromas or currant, herbs, espresso and tobacco, with an overlay of smoky nutty oak. Juicy, lively and moderately ripe, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of dark raspberry, smoked meats and mocha. Finishes rather soft, slightly dry tannin and some nutty oak.” Very Good ~ Stephen Tanzer 5/07

 

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