Lang & Reed Wine Company

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TEN YEARS AFTER 1996~2006Big Grapes

 

WHO: John & Tracey Skupny, together with their two sons, Reed and Jerzy Lang, operate Lang & Reed. For over twenty-five years we have worked with wineries in California and since 1984 lived and worked in the Napa Valley. Prior to starting Lang & Reed, John worked at Caymus Vineyards, Clos du Val and the Niebaum-Coppola Estate, whereas Tracey continues a lengthy tenure at Spottswoode Winery.

WHAT: Cabernet Franc! Two red wines are produced, with another in the wings. Lang & Reed ~ North Coast, released around one year after harvest is crafted in an imminently quaffable style. Lang & Reed ~ Premier Etage Napa Valley represents a more structured and age-worthy profile of Cabernet Franc. As we head into our second decade we have begun to explore crafting a wine based on Cabernet Franc that includes varying proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This wine, Right Bank®, is inspired by some of the classic blends emanating from St. Emillion in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. We try to create wines that express the unique character of Cabernet Franc.

WHEN: Founded in 1996 after realizing the potential of Cabernet Franc as a variety that can stand on it’s own. We recognized this potential in a prototype ‘franc’ that we produced in 1993 and decided in 1996 to forge ahead: making the world safe for Cabernet Franc.

WHERE: Our family has lived in the heart of Napa Valley for over twenty years, mostly working for Cabernet Sauvignon producers. As a source for fine Cabernet Franc grapes, our focus is in Napa Valley, but our exploration and fine-tuning has led us to other regions in California, most notably the North Coast Appellation region.

WHY: We have been charmed by the great Cabernet Franc wines from the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Bordeaux in France, to those in Italy, Australia, South Africa and as close to home as New York and California. Having arrived in the Napa Valley in the early 1980s we had the opportunity to see the first serious wave of vintners who were utilizing Bordeaux blending grapes in the creation of their Cabernet Sauvignon. This led us to look at the pieces of the puzzle and realize the charms of Cabernet Franc. Inspired by this, we set out to produce a wine that is heady in aroma and fruit, possesses rich and satisfying flavors, while at the same time, is not overburdened with tannin or oak flavors.

AND HOW:   We work closely with half a dozen vineyards to insure that we have fine, ripe and balanced fruit. The techniques employed in vinification accent the profuse aromatic profile of the grape and bring out a rich, fleshy middle palate. Combining grape growing technique with handling and fermentation methods we, are able to hold the tannins in balance, yet produce a wine of structure and substance. Lang & Reed is a wine that has immediate charm and enough ‘stuffing’ to gain complexity in aroma and flavor with bottle age.

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