Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Santa Ynez Valley, California
Tasting Note: An enjoyable, smooth-bodied cabernet sauvignon that presents the grape in an elegant and rich style – especially for the price point.
Deep-intensity ruby in color, this wine has a medium-plus-intensity, aromatic nose of blackberry preserve, boysenberry, black plum and bramble with hints of raspberry and blossom.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied cabernet sauvignon has medium-intensity, black-fruit suggested on the nose supported my medium acidity and slightly-grippy, ripe, medium-plus tannin.
The wine is velvety in texture and displays varietal typicity along with midpalate complexity.
A cabernet that would pair with many a meal.
Bottle Note: Long-time grower Louis Lucas and wine enthusiast Judge Royce Lewellen created Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards with one objective in mind – to produce fine wine from their premium Santa Barbara County vineyards. Vineyard: Valley View Block 7, 15, 16. Viticulture: Sustainably farmed, hand harvested. Cooperage: 21 months in oak barrels, 40% new. Profile: Dry, full bodied. Tasting Note: a core of cabernet sauvignon with small amounts of cabernet franc, malbec, merlot and petit verdot produce rich blackberry and fig jam notes. – Royce Lewellen, Proprietor, – Megan McGrath Gates, Winemaker, – Louis A. Lucas, Grower & Proprietor.
Tasting Date: February 23, 2019
This wine was submitted for review.