Lang and Reed Cabernet Franc Two-Fourteen 2013

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Wine Enthusiast 91 - Named for a Loire Valley clone, this New World wine aspires to an Old World sensibility and achieves it in its floral invitation and bright, peppery overtones. Coiled within its thickness of tannin and dense cherry are ethereal, earthy whispers of intrigue and acidity. This is a lively, lovely wine.

Connoisseurs' Guide 91 - Despite having been produced from a Loire Valley clone, this one straddles the line between north and south and delivers both the fullness and the range that remind also of Right Bank Bordeaux. Its central fruit says Loire in its red cherry, slightly ripe raspberry intimations, while its structure and oak raise the stakes in terms of serious intent and obvious age worthiness. In short, we are fans whether the drinking happens today or later. Two-Fourteen continues to be a game changer in the perception of what local Cabernet Franc can be.

This is the seventh vintage of Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc, which displays a brilliant crimson color with a typical, youthful violet-blue edge. The aroma distills white and red cherry with an ethereal ‘sous bois’ (or forest floor) impression. On the palate, this wine possesses bright and pure Cabernet Franc flavors of firm black cherry, cassis and graphite, which are expansive and made mouthwatering by ample fresh fruit acidity. The finish is supported by solid, but not oppressive, tannins, which have flavor elements that provide memorable length. This is a fresh and exacting expression of Cabernet Franc, attributed to the 214 clone, that will serve well now or gain in complexity with additional bottle age.

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