In the late spring of 2005, Tonnellerie Française Nadalie invited a group of winemakers to participate in what has become known as the ‘World Famous French Tree Auction,’ which is held at the Calistoga Fairgrounds. At this auction, Lang & Reed purchased Article No33, an oak tree growing in the forest of Tronçais in the center of France. This lone oak tree was a survivor of the devastating windstorms of 1999 and had successfully provided enough seedlings to be marked for felling, which took place in December of 2005. The resulting stave wood was air-dried for 2 ½ years and coopered to our specifications of thin stave – medium toast by Nadalie and delivered just as the 2007 Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc assemblage was being completed. We elected to immediately rack one of the barrels full with this wine and agreed to allow it age longer in this special barrel, longer than our normal barrel aging regime. The resulting wine was bottled in June of 2010 after 32 months of barrel aging.
The Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is located on ideal rocky soils on a beautiful hillside slope in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley. The vines and grapes benefit from moderate temperatures and cooling breezes that emanate from the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay. This new world climate combined with this old world Loire Clone 214 provides the basis for a unique and immensely gratifying presentation of the Cabernet Franc grape. Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ expresses what we believe is our highest achievement in creating a wine made exclusively from Cabernet Franc that represents the only known bottling of this unique clone in California to date.
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