Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sarah and I went to Tuscon this weekend to visit her friends Katie and Marc from High School. We had a great time. On the way out, we went to Jax restaurant. They have half price wine on Sundays, which turns out to be a a great deal. Food is pretty good. Only 24$ at half price and close to retail for this wine. Thanks to Jason (by way of Alder at Vinography) for pointing it out. It wouldn't have been on my radar otherwise. I liked this wine quite a bit, but it certainly is not a "Loire-ish" expression of Cab Franc. It's definitely more New World, but it isn't taken to the extreme, becuase it still maintains its' lightness. I get mint, black cherries, and especially a violet/candied violet note. As Jason pointed out, once this is in your mouth, it has an almost Sangiovese wild cherry type of note. Fresh with a lot of fruit. It's a nice wine, although I honestly think that you get a lot more bang for your buck if you know what you're looking for in Chinon or another area of the Loire. Those wines have a little something extra lurking in the background--call it terroir or what you will. There's something that's missing from this expression, which is really more fruit driven, and seemingly less complex. However, this is still a solid B/B+. Within the context of California, I this is a great deal and worth checking out. I would definitely like to try some more wines from Lang & Reed.