Wine Whore Review:
Taste Score= 9.5/10 Points
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To say that wine is only as good as the vine on which it grows would neglect the heart of the story. The real legacy grows from the family tree overlooking the vineyards. The story of the Lange family is as rich as the flavor of their inky plum Petit Verdot Petite Sirah duo proudly labeled as the family�s Generations tier of wine.

Planted as a Lodi watermelon farm nurtured by Great-Grandparents, Johann and Maria Lange, the story begins with their emigration from Germany in the 1870�s. Over the years this story grew into a family of great wine. Over each generation, the Lange family branches out passing the vineyards down to what it is today.

Like the tall epic stories of ancient Greece, the skills of crafting great wine is passed down and improved by young blood who strives to perfect the story. Every generation dedicates their contribution by improving techniques in the vineyard and winery �to make the best and most sustainable wines possible�. Their success is evident through the certification of their vineyards by the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing which requires renewable energy sources and strict restrictions on pesticides. As the sixth generation, which just began in 2007, works to continue the family farm and winery, one can wait to see what the next generation brings to the story.

The newest vintage of wine from the Lange family includes the clever combination of inky Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. Part of a super small lot wine only available through the winery, the blend is made from grapes grown right outside the childhood home of Joe Lange. With such history, it is no wonder why this wine is one of Joe and wife Amanda�s favorite �purple teeth� wine.

Like conjoined twins, two 'purple teeth' personalities emerge born from the conflicting characteristics of the Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah grapes. The Petit Verdot displays its gripping tannin and acidity while the soft and plush Petite Sirah pitches in a spicy yet plummy richness to the blend.

Opening the bottle of this wine gives life to the unique combination of sweet, bitter, and dry. As it gasps its first breathes of air, the two personalities shake hands and become one to show great depth of character and beauty. The depth of the twins conjoin creating a tasting experience enjoyable from first sip to the last dribble.

Recommended Food Pairing:
Drink it alone, with beef, venison, or any red meat� but most importantly, this wine pairs best with friends, family, or someone you love.

Vintage Info:
�Our Petit Verdot is deep purple with a full body, firm tannins and a perfume like aroma. The Petite Sirah is dark inky in color, with characters of mocha-blackberry and blueberry notes.
Together our Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah creates a big dense red wine, guaranteed to make your teeth turn purple! A concentrated dark fruit aroma carries to a dominant blackberry preserve flavor with a nuance of chocolate balanced by graceful tannins.�

Producer: LangeTwins
Vintage: 2007
Varietal: 66% Petit Verdot & 34% Petite Sirah
Appellation: California - River Ranch Petit Verdot & Diablo Petite Sirah
Residual Sugar: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: ~200 cases
Alcohol %: 13.9
Aging: N/A

Wine Whore Score:

With it�s temporarily teeth staining plum purple hue, the Lange family jokes that you should �watch out who you drink it with!� I found this wine sweet, plush, and well balanced giving it a score of 9.5 for taste and 9 for both cost and enjoyability.

With a total of 32.5 out of 40 points and an average score of 8.1 out of 10 points you will definitely want to get your hands on a bottle of this limited production of LangeTwins Generations wine. One taste from this fifth generation of farmers and you will appreciate the years of family history tending to its core � the vineyard.

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Joe Lange said...

As the 5th Generation, it's great to see all our hard work come together and enjoyed by wine lovers!


Joe Lange
LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards

The Wine Whore said...

I would like to thank you Joe and your entire family for your kindness, support, and dedication to the world of wine! Cheers!

Rob Hansult said...

Sounds deliciously purple. Wish it were available on the east coast. I know both grapes well, and this sounds like a interesting blend.

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