Lodi’s LangeTwins operates in Lodi, California, an area known primarily for its ultra-ripe Zinfandels. (It’s known as “The Zinfandel Capital of the World,” after all.) Oddly enough, we’re not looking at any Zin today. Here’s a couple of new(ish) vintages from these Lodi icons.
2010 LangeTwins Chardonnay Estate Clarksburg – A simple but pleasant Chardonnay from this Sacramento-area winery. Moderate wood, moderate butter/creamy character, and a decent amount of apple-focused fruit in between. Nothing you’ll be memorializing in your scrapbook, but something you won’t mind sipping with your salmon. B / $15
2008 LangeTwins Midnight Reserve Lodi – (Roughly) 84% Cabernet 13% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. Initially quite powerful with raw alcohol and jammy fruit notes, Midnight eventually settles down in the glass to reveal a quieter, pleasant wine. Still quite fruity with big plum and chocolate-covered raisin notes, it displays an ultimate seductiveness that mixes sugar and spice — a bit of orange peel amidst the red and black fruit — in a fulfilling manner. B+ / $30