The Lange family has maintained a presence in the Lodi region dating back to the late 1870s, when watermelon served as the main crop from the family farm. Generations later, they’ve diversified and now rely largely on wine as their primary export. Located less than a mile from LangeTwins’ home base, the Thirty Eight vineyard was one of the first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted by the twins in 1982 in partnership with Robert Mondavi Woodbridge. Today, we are uncorking the latest Cabernet vintage from the venerable vintners.
Aged in oak for 19 months, this Cab needs a solid 30 to 40 minutes to breathe or, if time is fleeting, a solid decant. At first, it is dominant and unilateral with ripe black cherry but thankfully expands with layers of dark plum, black currant, and nutmeg cutting through. Eventually vanilla from the oak aging and a slight violet note show on subsequent sips, with bright acidity and firm tannins framing it all quite nicely. The medium-length finish introduces light notes of clove and pepper, but they don’t hang around for too long. With time to breathe, it is certainly drinkable now and quite the charmer. However, a year or two in the cellar would serve this well and could produce some truly striking results.
A- / $38 / langetwins.com