Overview of the Wine
Lang & Reed Napa Valley is a wine producing family, specializing in Cabernet Franc. We take an open-minded, youthful approach to consistently producing delicious wines that are true to their grape variety and are praised for their balance and restraint. We have been dedicated to making accessible and enjoyable wines in the Napa Valley for more than a quarter of a century!
"We, Tracey & John Skupny, started Lang & Reed Napa Valley in 1993 with the goal to explore the distinct charms of Cabernet Franc and to craft wines that are both expressive and enjoyable to drink.
The foundation of our wine experience began almost half a century ago while working in the restaurant trade in Kansas City. Having attained positions as wine stewards (sommeliers), the lure of vineyards and wineries brought us to California in 1980, settling finally in the Napa Valley by 1984.
During our wine ‘foundation’ years, we became intrigued by the magnitude of distinction Cabernet Franc held from notable wine regions in France: Loire Valley and Bordeaux. The early 80’s in Napa Valley found vintners utilizing Bordeaux varieties as components of their red wine blends, and Cabernet Franc was a key varietal. Its critical contribution led us to explore the broad range of aromatics and flavors emerging from Cabernet Franc. In 1993, a prototype was crafted that was true to type, redolent in aroma, and pure in flavor, all the while maintaining balance and structure. Lang & Reed Napa Valley was born, and the rest is history.
Named after our two sons, J Reed and Jerzy Lang, we committed to having Lang & Reed Napa Valley be strictly family owned and operated. Winemaking has become storytelling for us, and our wines tell the story of our family and our wonderful life together."
Grape / Blend
North Coast, California
The 2015 North Coast Cabernet Franc shows a hint of blue violet on the rim of its color. The aromatics are typical of Cabernet Franc: berry fruit, floral and lightly herbaceous top notes. The flavors follow suit with more of a strawberry jam fruit impression that’s countered with a hint of ‘sous- bois’ (forest floor earthiness). All of this is wrapped in gentle, balancing tannins, which help to keep the flavors lengthy and satisfying. Though crafted for immediate enjoyment, it has the capacity to age gracefully.
91 Points - James Suckling
Fresh violets, herbs, elderberries, licorice and spices. The palate is grainy and somewhat edgy with firm tannins, fine acidity and a pretty finish.90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This earthy, savory wine from one of the few Cab Franc specialists in California shows feral aromas and complex, herbaceous, meaty flavors that challenge the notion of the varietal. It is medium bodied, firmly tannic and offers an interesting path worth taking.
Product size: 750ml