Wine of the Week: 2012 Lang & Reed Wine Co. North Coast Cabernet Franc

It’s feeling like winter, which means it’s time for a sturdy, delicious red like this North Coast Cabernet Franc from Lang & Reed. The Skupny family has been into Cabernet Franc since the early ’90s, and for this 2012 bottling, they gathered up grapes from Lake, Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties — quite the mix of terroirs.

Earthy and lush, this one has deep dark fruit, a whiff of wild herbs and berries and that black pepper punch so characteristic of Cabernet Franc. It’s a live one and changes in the glass.

Open a bottle for a burger, grilled lamb chops, a pork roast. It’s also great with Moroccan tagines, any kind of barbecue and grilled sausages.

I’m a big fan too of Lang & Reed’s more expensive “Two-Fourteen” Cabernet Franc from the Napa Valley and also the Chenin Blanc from Mendocino. Keep an eye out for those bottles next time you’re perusing your wine shop shelves.

Region: California

Price: $20 to $28

Style: Vibrant and lush

What it goes with: Burgers, lamb chops, pork roast, tagines and barbecue

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