Lucas & Lewellen Rosé of Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 2020
The complex aromas have fruity, flinty and perfume-like qualities, including strawberry cream, raspberry and peach, coupled with blossoms. The wine has a crisp acidity and a luscious 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 2020 Rose Pinot Noir is blended from grapes grown in the Goodchild and the Los Alamos Vineyards. Goodchild has soils that range from clay and gravel river deposits to hillside and hilltop sites reminiscent of the great vineyards of Burgundy. Los Alamos soils have thick layers of clay and loam, coupled with a temperate climate. This provides ideal grape-growing conditions for Burgundian, Rhone, Bordeaux and Italian varieties.
After harvesting early in the morning, the grapes were crushed and soaked overnight in a stainless-steel tank. This process allows the color from the skins to tint the juice a marvelous faint red color. The wine is produced with cold fermentation.
Serve chilled with salmon, lobster, salmon, salads and poultry.
Producer: Lucas & Lewellen
Region: Santa Barbara County
Wine Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Total Acidity: 6.9 G/L
Residual Sugar: 0.08 G/L
2022: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2023
2021: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Aug/Sept 2022