Lucas & Lewellen bottle

Lucas & Lewellen

Viognier, 2014

If you’ve ever found yourself on the wrong side of the law in Santa Maria, California, your hearing took place at the Lewellen Justice Center. But Royce Lewellen’s name is better known for wine. In the 1970s, he teamed up with Rotary Club buddy Louis Lucas, who was among the first to plant vines in Santa Barbara. Back then, the jury was out on Santa Barbara wine being in the same league as Napa and Sonoma. Today, the verdict is clear, thanks to Lucas & Lewellen.

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Lucas & Lewellen Viognier is intensely aromatic and full-bodied, just as you’d find in the Rhône. But this wine has a zesty brightness that Rhône Viogniers sometimes lack.

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APPEARANCE
Light golden yellow with green highlights
APPEARANCE
Light golden yellow with green highlights
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Peach
Apricot
White flowers
Honey

Pairing

Intensely flavored, aromatic wines are as delightful to smell as they are to drink. These wines—such as Gewürztraminer, Viognier and some Rieslings—are naturally tasty with countryside dishes from the places in Europe where the grapes grow, but they’re a surfeire hit with spicy, fragrant dishes like Thai green curry.

TASTING TIP

Viognier’s powerful floral aromas come from natural compounds called terpenes. They trick your brain into thinking the wine is sweet, but it’s actually dry.

A fruity, aromatic white balances out the garlic in the dish and helps the other ingredients stand out.

A fresh, aromatic white helps tame the bitterness of endive and tempers the dish's kick of heat.

An aromatic white wine is perfect for accenting the flavor of the shrimp and complementing the dish's herbal aromas.

A heftier white stands up to the richness of the dish: its powerful aromas marry perfectly with the fruity sauce.

The dish combines richness with spice, and this white wine has the body and aromas to match both perfectly.

The wine's intense floral character plays off the dish's spice aromas, as well as the lime in the dish.

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More About The Wine

Sunny Santa Barbara County is just a short drive north of Los Angeles, but breezes and fog rolling in from the Pacific make the region cooler than Sonoma, which is north of San Francisco. So Santa Barbara is paradise for the Viognier grape, which develops intense fruit flavors under the sunshine and retains zippy freshness from the cool air.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Viognier grape arrived from its native France, specifically the northern Rhône Valley, in the 1980s. Today, California grows more Viognier than the Rhône.

  • VARIETY
    Viognier
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    67% Calzada Vineyard, 33% Valley View Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Barbara County, California
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Chamise and Santa Ynez clay loam
  • ALCOHOL
    14.6%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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