Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley View, Santa Ynez Valley 2017
The core of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, with small percentages of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carménère. The result is a distinctive and refined wine with layers of blackberry and fig jam notes, with silky tannins and a long finish.
The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen are located in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County: Santa Maria Valley; Los Alamos Valley; and Santa Ynez Valley. These valley vineyards benefit from a transverse mountain range topography, and an east-west orientation that channels cool ocean air from the Pacific into the coastal valleys. Warm days and cool nights produce a long and gentle growing season. The warm-climate Valley View Vineyard slopes gently toward the Santa Ynez River and features well-drained fine sand and gravely loam soils. The lower elevation of this south-facing vineyard produces extraordinary Santa Barbara County Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 21 months in 100% French Oak barrels (40% new).
Serve at room temperature. Pairs well with red meats, beef stew, lamb, or various other hearty dishes.
Producer: Lucas & Lewellen
Region: Santa Ynez Valley
Wine Composition: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7 % Malbec, 6% Cab Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot, 1% Carménére
Total Acidity: 6.58 G/L
2016: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2019
2015: 91 Pts ‘EDITOR’S CHOICE’ - Wine Enthusiast, July 1, 2018
2013: 91 Pts ‘EDITOR’S CHOICE’ - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 31, 2016