2008 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir Goodchild High 9 Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Red Wine
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In regards to this Pinot Noir, I would venture to claim that in the under $20 (and maybe $25) range this is the best U.S. Pinot Noir currently available. It’s positive features begins with its rich purple color as opposed to the often very light thin ruby red of many Pinot Noirs. The aromas and tastes of this medium to full bodied wine are classic easy to recognize Pinot Noir attributes of currants, ripe plums, raspberries and a noticeable amount of that hard to define but oh so evident, almost truffle like varietal hall mark.

The wine is now quite enjoyable, and will continue to offer fine drinking for another 4 or 5 years. Long time grower Louis Lucas and retired Judge Royce Lewellen created on the steep hills of their Goodchild Ranch in Santa Barbara county a 9 acre parcel of vines and called it appropriately enough their High 9 Vineyard. Am area with the cool climate that’s essential in fine Pinot Noir production. Aging occurred for 14 months in new and older French Oak barrels.


PRICE: $17.95 *** Bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
This is a dark, ruby colored Pinot with ripe black cherry and purple plum characteristics. Hints of tea, spice and leather accompany blackberry and raspberry flavors. There is a light impression of toasty French oak with a hint of lime zest in a lingering black cherry finish.