Lang & Reed Wine Company






purely domestic wine report
89  2010 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc – North Coast               May 2012
Has a nose of cherry tart, a piercing firm red berry, pipe tobacco, and lavender. On the palate there is a robust dark plum, java and chocolate embodied in a highly textured mouth feel that provides a supple counter to the bright aromatics. It takes some time to fully blossom into smooth chocolate character with some firmness in the finish. It is much different than the 2009. Drink 2013 – 2017.



88           2010 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc North Coast                   May 2012
Medium-deep red. Aromas and flavors of sour cherry, smoke and licorice, with a light leafy element. Supple and smooth in the mouth, with sound acidity and a hint of violet giving the wine good energy. This juicy mid-weight, which seems fruitier than the 2009 was at a similar stage, finishes with a firm tannic edge and good persistence.

‘But there is another direction for Cabernet Franc that bears watching. The grape may be best known locally [Napa Valley] for its contributions in Cabernet Sauvignon blends, but, in France, it is always grown in the Loire Valley in the area of Chinon. And there it produces lighter, fruitier wines. There have always been a few California wines that pursued that style. Lang & Reed has been the leader and remains today the leading light in the lighter style.’

87           2010 Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc – North Coast               May 2012
Straddling a very fine line between being fruity and bright and just a little too tannic for comfort, this buoyant young bottling exhibits a nice bit of winsome, berry-like fruit before taking a turn to astringency. Its sins, however, are forgivable given its age, and a few years of patience will make for a more polished and





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