Lang & Reed Cabernet Franc 2015, North Coast, California

The ‘North Coast’ designation is an approved American Viticultural Area (AVA) that encompasses five counties that are directly affected by maritime influence by touching the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay or Clear Lake. The Cabernet Franc grapes are sourced from four of the five counties – Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Suisun. 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.