North Coast
Lang & Reed 2012 Cabernet Franc – North Coast
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. 
 
Lang & Reed 2014 Cabernet Franc
North Coast
 
$27.00 per 750mL
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$14.50 per 375mL
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The 2014 North Coast Cabernet Franc returns to a slightly more tame expression of the grape. This 100% Cabernet Franc provides us with really gorgeous violet, raspberry, and herbal scents. The palate follows with tender integrated fruit flavors and an energy that’s provided by supporting acidity and tannin structure. It is always amazing what a great range of cuisine pairs so easily with this wine, particularly when paired with good friends and family.

90 points – Wine Spectator
90 points – Karen MacNeil