|Cabernet Franc 100.0%|
|Drinking Start Year||2018|
|Drinking End Year||2028|
|Full Cases Produced||849|
In the last century when we began our exploration into Cabernet Franc, we did so with a constant sense of resolve to stay keenly aware of all things ‘Cabernet Franc’. So it was with this resolve that we investigated and worked to understand the source material, the clonal selections as they were evolving throughout the 1990’s. The choice of Cabernet Franc clones before this time was minimal, but in those roaring 90’s a number of great clones made their way into the vineyards of Napa Valley and the North Coast. One of these unique selections was Clone 214, a cultivar that originated in the Loire Valley of France, home to some of the worlds’ most renowned Cabernet Franc vineyards and producers. The banner picture on the Lang & Reed page is the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, source of the Lang & Reed 'Two-Fourteen' Cabernet Franc - Napa Valley.
In 2007 we found a vineyard located on ideal rocky soils on a beautiful hillside slope in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley. The Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard benefits 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.
Winter and spring of 2014 was a continuation of drought conditions with low rains during the winter leading into an early bloom period followed by a very consistent summer. In the middle of the night of August 24, Napa Valley was struck by 6.0 magnitude earthquake that set into motion a chaotic and furtive harvest. Fortunately, the weather stayed steady and the majority of grapes were brought in around 2 weeks earlier than normal.
This wine is de-stemmed but not crushed into stainless steel fermentors - Gentle pump-overs throughout fermentation and then allowed a short post-fermentation extended maceration, pressed to barrels for the completion of malo-lactic fermentations - Not racked off of lees until the final assemblage in late 2015.
16 months in one year and two-year-old French oak barrels, mostly medium to low toast - mostly Burgundy Cooperages. - topped monthly through the ageing regime.
Harvest began shortly after the infamous Napa earthquake. It was an early pattern for harvest with some of the late-ripening reds harvested in late September instead of October. However due to the early bloom & set, this Cabernet Franc had the benefit of a full growing season and proper hang-time.
Bottled March 2016 - 849 cases [@10,000-750ml] / 60 - Magunums / 6 Double Magnums / 3 Jeroboams
The Loire origin of the Entav '214' clone is always very true to type; this wine shows a persistent purity of aromas and flavors. At first scent, this wine shows a nice burst of raspberry and blueberry with a top note of violet and a backdrop of savory herbaceousness and earthy notes.
Combines power with finesse, with a measure of torque and character layered with tiers of savory herb, dark berry, dusty loamy earth and sensual oak taking a little edge off the well-integrated tannins. Full flavored and assertive now  this wine should continue to develop and remain in a fine place for the next decade.
This is the eighth vintage of the Lang & Reed ‘Two-Fourteen’ Cabernet Franc which always possesses a brilliant crimson red color with hints of violet and blue on the rim.
Roasted pork or lamb - savory foods with herbs - mushrooms - Aged goat cheese & rilletts.