Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Santa Ynez Valley

Varietal   Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price   $30

ABV   14.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep, brilliant ruby red color.

Aromatics

The nose reveals a dense Cabernet with waves of ripe blackberry, raspberry and black cherry with hints of cassis, vanilla, and toasted oak.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose offering a rich and dense fruit core with accents of mineral, earth, brown baking spices, and oak.

Intensity & Texture

Wonderfully rich and full while being dry and ideally balanced with vibrant acidity and moderate tannins.

Cool Factor

A

I have had my share of disappointing Cabs from this region but this is a wine that will make you a believer being balanced, well-proportioned, and stylish.

Value Grade

B

In 2015 $30 for upper-tier Cabernet is right on target and in fact, it's a value.

Analysis

Made with a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 3% Petite Verdot from their Valley View Vineyard located in the Santa Barbara appellation on a slope rising above the Santa Ynez vineyard. The wine is matured for 24 months in French oak. Fewer than 800 cases of this wine were made. The wines from Lucas & Lewellen show perfectly grown fruit and skilled winemaking resulting in perfectly balanced wines with style and grace.

How to Enjoy

This is a rare California Cabernet that I would enjoy with nothing but a glass. Great food pairings for me include roasted leg of lamb or any braised meat dish.

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