Louis Lucas is a third generation grape grower. The soil runs through his veins. A day with him was like drinking from a firehose, the guy knows more about grape cultivation and the history of the wine industry than anyone we have ever met. So it is not surprising that all of those years of experience have resulted in his ability to craft some really fantastic wines! As we stood in his backyard looking out over the family vineyards, we marveled at the contributions he (and Royce Lewellen) have made to the wine industry. We enjoyed tasting many of the L&L wines (Louis grows almost twenty varietals including some hard to find Italian grapes), but we really loved his Viognier.
Louis grows his Viognier grapes near the towns of Los Alamos and Santa Ynez, in northern Santa Barbara County. He chose these sites for Viognier because of the region’s long growing season typified by warm days and cool nights. The marine influence helps the grapes develop typical Rhone like characteristics with purity and depth. To this day they still hand-harvest the grapes for this Viognier, and Louis only utilizes sustainable practices in the vineyards. His meticulous attention to detail produces a rich and exhilarating wine with hints of melon, peach, apricot, and a hint of citrus. The wine has a nice level of acidity that makes it pair perfectly with seafood, citrus salads, and grilled poultry. The aromas on the nose are intoxicating and the palate has an unexpected yet delightful long, rich finish for a white wine. We hope you enjoy it as much as we know Louis enjoyed making it for you!