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Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards

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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 valleys all run west from the coastal mountains to the Pacific Ocean, allowing warm days and cool nights to produce a long, gentle growing season.
Solvang, CA
Phone: (888) 777-6663
Website: http://www.llwine.com
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Tasting Room: Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room 1645 Copenhagen Drive-Solvang, CA Mandolina Tasting Room 1665 Copenhagen Drive-Solvang, CA
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Cabernet Franc
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2004 Cabernet Franc
Santa Ynez Valley

Cabernet Franc is a very old variety which is still dominant in parts of the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. This wine derives from grapes grown in our Valley View Vineyard, east of Sol ... morevang in the Santa Ynez Valley and was aged for 19 months in 1-5 year old French oak barrels. It exhibits aromas of blueberry, kirsch and black cherry with flavors of big, rich, dark, blackberry-raspberry jam followed by ripe, chewy tannins and a long rich finish.

$26.00  
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Santa Ynez Valley

This warm year vintage ripened perfectly and the old vines responded to careful cultivation by producing this rich, darkly colored 100% varietal Cabernet from two particular blocks ... more in the Valley View Vineyard. It was fermented in small batches in open topped fermenters then aged in new and seasoned French oak for 19 months. One can detect the terroir of the Valley View Vineyard on the nose and also the black cherry, currant, and blackberry aromas and flavors, all blended harmoniously in this classic wine. A wine that will only improve with 3-6 years of bottle aging.

$27.00  
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Cabernet Sauvignon
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2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Valley View Vineyard

2003 was a warm year which allowed us to hand harvest the late ripening Cabernet fruit by mid October. This truly Bordeaux styled blend is comprised of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% M ... moreerlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot, and 2% Malbec. With this vintage we returned to the practice of using small batch, open top fermenters and hand punching to mix the cap and the juice. Aging was carried out in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. The resulting wine is dark and saturated with color. This ripe, well sculpted Cabernet in the Bordeaux tradition is ample in aromas of black currants, a hint of violet and spicy oak which lead to smooth cassis-like flavors. This elegant wine will benefit from up to seven or eight years of additional cellaring.
Gold Medal Winner - Grand Harvest Wine Competition and at the West Coast Wine Competition.


$27.00  
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Merlot
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2003 Merlot
Los Alamos

Double Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco Wine Competition! These Merlot grapes were grown in our Los Alamos Vineyard. Cool nights and mild, sunny days combined to provi ... morede a long growing season, giving the grapes plenty of time to ripen slowly and develop maximum varietal character. Aged for 20 months in barrel, this wine is smooth and supple with soft ripe tannins. This is a rich, darkly pigmented, complex Merlot with black cherry, tea, earth and spice nuances. Score of "90" at Red Wine Buzz.

$25.00  
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Petit Verdot
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2004 Petit Verdot
Santa Ynez River Valley

Limited release - Our Petit Verdot, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and rarest varieties, is grown at the crest of a high hill overlooking the Santa Ynez River Valley. Normally we ... moreuse all of the wine in our Valley View Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2004 we had just enough to produce a small bottling on its own of this lovely, inky-dark red wine. Full of violet scents mingled with black stone fruit flavors, it’s a big hearted, big bodied wine for that special occasion when only a true rarity will do. Rated at Red Wine Buzz.

$40.00  
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Petite Sirah
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2004 Petite Sirah
Los Alamos

The over 30-year old Petite Sirah vines, growing on their own roots in our cool Los Alamos vineyard, were harvested in a warm 2004, reaching full ripeness before the rains came. Fe ... morermented with labor intensive hand-punching and barrel aged for 17 months, this wine has a deep black-purple color with aromas & flavors of ripe blackberry, ollalieberry and anise. These flavors are complemented by light toasted oak elements. This Petite Sirah has a big, mouth feel and ripe, smooth tannins. This wine finishes with a silky, warm palate impression.

$26.00  
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Pinot Noir
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2003 Pinot Noir
Hilltop

Grapes for this limited bottling were harvested from the midpoint of an ideally positioned north-facing slope of the Goodchild Vineyard. This rich, dark Pinot Noir was aged in 20% ... morenew French oak barrels for 17 months. Elements of spicy black cherry, sweet brown spices, cola and soft tannins round out with a spicy finish. A well-rounded structure will allow for 2-3 of bottle aging.

$26.00  
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Syrah
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2004 Syrah
Los Alamos

This Syrah was produced from the Syrah Noir clone, harvested during a warmer than normal vintage year with the fruit coming from our cool climate Los Alamos vineyards (78%) and our ... more warmer Solvang Valley View Vineyard (22%). After traditional punchdowns to mix the cap and juice it spent 18 months in French Oak. This bold Syrah is dark and rich with warm earth, spice and leather tones, and black stone fruit on the palate. It will age well, gaining smoothness and complexity for several years.

$26.00  
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Port
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Silver King Port
Los Alamos

The "Silver King" name honors the original Lucas family table grape label. This luscious Port is blended from Merlot grapes grown in our Los Alamos Vineyard. This dessert wine disp ... morelays ripe black cherry aromas and jammy plum with black raspberry flavors.

$20.00  
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Chardonnay
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2006 Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley

This wine derives from grapes grown in our Goodchild Vineyard. This award winning vineyard, located along Foxen Canyon Road near the village of Sisquoc in the Santa Maria Valley pr ... moreoduces consistently outstanding Chardonnay. For this bottling we selected our oldest vines which ripen slowly in this cool climate. The hand harvested grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in French oak barrels, two-thirds of which were new. The wine completed a natural secondary fermentation while in barrel. This is a rich and luscious Chardonnay with trademark aromas of ripe tropical fruits and toasty, pineapple and mango-like flavors.

$22.00  
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Sauvignon Blanc
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2005 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Los Alamos

In exceptional years, when conditions are just right for the growth of botrytis (the "noble rot"), Louis allows carefully selected Sauvignon Blanc grapes to mature to a high level ... moreof deliciously concentrated flavor. Grapes for this wine were hand harvested at 35 degrees brix, cold fermented, and allowed to stop fermenting naturally at 14% residual sugar. Full of ripe honey, peach, nectarine, orange blossom and pineapple fruit aromas and flavors, this wine is ready to enjoy by itself, or with a wide choice of desserts. Score of "92" at Red Wine Buzz.

$19.00  
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Sauvignon Blanc
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2005 Sauvignon Blanc
Valley View Vineyard

This Sauvignon Blanc ripened early in 2005. It was entirely cold fermented and exhibits the lovely, ripe pear and Golden Delicious apple aromas and flavors for which this vineyard ... moreis renowned. After fermentation, it was racked to new French oak barrels for three months to gain additional notes of toast, roasted grain, and alluring spiciness.

$18.00  
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Viognier
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2005 Viognier
Santa Ynes

This very aromatic Viognier clone, grown on a small 4 acre vineyard in Santa Ynez, yielded an outstanding wine in 2005. It was entirely cold fermented for exceptional character and ... more bottled young in March, 2006. Subtle nuances of apricot, honey, and grapefruit are apparent in this spicy, lively wine. Enjoy with Asian foods or rich poultry.

$19.00  
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Riesling
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2005 Riesling
Santa Barbara County

This is a dry California-styled Riesling, bigger and more full bodied than German Rieslings. It was cold fermented and aged before a spring bottling to preserve freshness and the h ... moreoneyed, melon-tinged flavors typical of the vineyard.

$16.00  
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Sparkling Wine
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2004 Brut Sparkling Wine
Santa Barbara County

This Sparkling Wine was made by an outstanding winemaker in the traditional French method with select-picked Pinot Noir & Chardonnay (50% of each) from our Lucas & Lewellen vineyar ... mored in Santa Barbara. WHAT THE REVIEWERS ARE SAYING - Santa Barbara News Press, March 07: "The peppery and savory Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape blend was a big hit. The wine had the color of polish silver and I liked the apricot smell and effusive bubbles. Others found it citrusey with a consistent and lingering Champagne-like taste."

$28.00  

Updated on October 11, 2007

CrazyAboutWine recommends contacting Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards at http://www.llwine.com or calling (888) 777-6663 to verify the winery's location.

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