Lang & Reed Napa Valley launches Chenin Blanc Mendocino 2021
Offering rare character depth and range, only seven barrels produced due to drought
St. Helena, California, November 16, 2022 – Renowned winery Lang & Reed Napa Valley has just added the 2021 Chenin Blanc Mendocino (SRP $32.00) to its lineup of elegant wines. When they began their exploration of Chenin Blanc about ten years ago, they never imagined that they would be on the wave of the rebirth of this noble grape variety. Almost lost in California’s underrated wine cellar, the demand and number of wineries producing Chenin Blanc has exploded in the past five years. This 2021 Chenin Blanc is Lang & Reed’s eighth vintage from a single vineyard located in Mendocino County, Northern California.
The vinification of this wine is a collaborative effort between winemaker John Skupny and his son, Reed. Faced with the second year of severe drought, the 2021 harvest resulted in only 7 barrels of wine. What the small production lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. One of the characteristics of Lang & Reed Chenin de Mendocino is its immediate drinkability, but with the feeling that there is more pleasure to be had with a little aging in the bottle. As the Skupnys are dedicated to sourcing the best possible grapes from the best sites, the wine offers a feeling of depth and range of character rarely found in California Chenin Blancs.
A fresh and lively blend of peach, pear skin and sea brine dominates the aromas of the 2021 vintage. The senses are fully engaged with scents of lime blossom and a slight minerality. On the palate, similar flavors are amplified, revealing a more complex wine than expected. With just the right amount of acidity, these slightly honeyed flavors stay fresh and lively through to the finish. Exuding the classic charm of chenin blanc, this wine has the makeup to age for a few years with a good cellar.
Inspired by France’s Loire Valley, where Chenin Blanc gained its fame, the source for this bottling comes from an area of Mendocino known as the Talmage Bench. The vineyard, located on the east side of the Russian River, was planted in 1980 on a gentle north-facing slope that allows for good drainage and even ripening without too much heat buildup. This forty-two-year-old, head-pruned vineyard was affected by the second year of drought, resulting in a much smaller crop of intense, perfectly ripe fruit.
About Lang & Reed Napa Valley
Located at 1244 Spring St in St Helena, California, Lang & Reed is one of the few Napa Valley wineries to specialize in 100% Cabernet Franc and explore the distinct charms of Chenin Blanc. They have long been inspired and passionate about giving these strains a chance to shine – true to type, pure in flavor. The Skupny wine family has been creating expressive, drinkable wines since 1996. Winemaking is a form of storytelling for the Skupny family, and Lang & Reed wines tell the story of a multi-generational family business and their wonderful wine-life. filled together.
Spring House, a historic Victorian now home to Lang & Reed’s tasting room, sits just off the center of St. Helena’s Main Street, where Tracey, John, Reed and Megan Skupny offer intimate tastings by appointment that allow visitors to get to know the family behind the brand, while transmitting their affection for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. To learn more about Lang & Reed Napa Valley, 2021 Chenin Blanc Mendocino and other upcoming wine releases, visit their website (https://langandreed.com/) and follow them on instagram (@langandreed) and Facebook (@langandreed)).