Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2018
A wine with good structure. Aromas of dried cherries, rose petals, and a hint of dark chocolate. Sultry tannins and naturally bright acidity support flavors of cola, lavender, exotic spice, and just a trace of vineyard terroir in a lasting finish.
The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen are located in the three principal wine grape growing regions of Santa Barbara County: the Santa Maria Valley, the Los Alamos Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. These valley vineyards benefit from a transverse mountain range topography, an east-west orientation which channels cool ocean air from the Pacific into the coastal valleys. Warm days and cool nights produce a long, gentle growing season.
This 2018 Pinot Noir is blended from grapes grown in both the Goodchild and the Los Alamos vineyards. The soils vary from clay and gravel river deposits, to hillside and hilltop sites reminiscent of the great vineyards of Burgundy. For the Los Alamos Vineyard, the 172 acres were originally planted from cuttings brought over from Europe over 40 years ago. Thick layers of clay and loam soils coupled with a temperate climate provide ideal grape- growing conditions for Rhone, Burgundian, Bordeaux and Italian varieties. The 2018 Pinot Noir was aged for 9 months in neutral 100% French oak barrels.
Serve at room temperature with turkey, duck, roast chicken, venison and medium-firm cheeses
Producer: Lucas & Lewellen
Region: Santa Barbara County
Wine Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Total Acidity: 5.72 G/L
2018: 91Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2020
2017: 90 Pts ‘EDITOR’S CHOICE’ - Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 1, 2019
2015: 90 Pts ‘EDITOR’S CHOICE’ - Wine Enthusiast, July. 1, 2018