Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Franc Santa Barbara County 2017
This Cabernet Franc is a very old variety which is still dominant in parts of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. Warm summer temperatures allowed these grapes to fully ripen, giving this wine color, body, flavor and aroma. This Cabernet Franc is a beautiful deep ruby color and slightly oaky. It exhibits themes of warm earth, dark chocolate, and sage followed by ripe, chewy tannins and a long rich, 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 estate Cabernet Franc is crafted from grapes grown in the Valley View Vineyard.
Valley View Vineyard: Santa Ynez Valley, 40 acres. This warm climate 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 what many consider Santa Barbara County’s best Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Serve chilled with salmon, lobster, salmon, salads and poultry.
Producer: Lucas & Lewellen
Region: Santa Barbara County
Wine Composition: 100% Cab Franc
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Total Acidity: 5.40 G/L
2017: 91 Pts 'Cellar Selection' - Wine Enthusiast, June 2020
2016: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2019