90 points Vinous
“Musky pear skin, anise and lemon pith scents are complemented by a zesty mineral quality. Densely packed and lively, offering fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a refreshing jolt of bitter quinine. The mineral quality echoes on the penetrating finish, which shows very good clarity and a lingering note of bitter pear skin.” - Josh Raynolds
Our 2013 Lucienne Lone Oak Chardonnay was grown entirely in our Lone Oak Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We have planted 96 acres of Chardonnay at this site, which experiences the strongest maritime influence of all of our estate vineyards. This cooler climate slows down ripening, allowing the grapes to hang on the vine longer. The result is a wine with great depth and complexity.
This wine beguiles with fragrances of banana and mango, underscored by notes of toffee and toasted almonds. Rounded and creamy on the palate, flavors of tropical fruit and vanilla dominate, and a luxurious finish with hints of Meyer lemon.
Ocean breezes from Monterey Bay cool this northern vineyard, making it ideal for growing Chardonnay. Winds are lighter at Lone Oak than further south, and fog burns off later in the day. The gentle slopes face east, catching the early morning sun. The site’s ancient Chualar loam soils are rocky, assuring excellent drainage.
After harvest, we pressed this Chardonnay and transferred it to French oak barrels (60% new) where the juice underwent alcoholic and subsequent malolactic fermentation that we aided with regular barrel stirring. After 15 months of aging, our winemakers narrowed the selection to a mere eight barrels that became this wine.
Food Pairing Notes
Lemon oregano chicken, caramelized fall fruit salad, or golden squash with sautéed shrimp.