Sunday, June 3, 2007

Rating: ****- 2001 Lucas & Lewellen Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley View Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, CA

Review. This estate-grown Santa Barbara cabernet shows medium brick red in the glass. The nose is a strange but intriguing brew of both pinot noir PLUS cabernet. On the palate, you get a big, round, toasty middle plus a plush pinot-noir-style cherry flavor with some pleasant cabernet-style tannins. Hermaphrodite in a bottle! There is an almost sweet finish to the sip. A bit unusual, but I would stay with it for an evening. Specially good at its value-priced level.

This wine was sampled as part of our brief expedition cruising Santa Ynez Valley.

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