Judge's Favorites - a half case of sophisticated reds
In honor of winery co-owner and retired superior court justice Royce Lewellen, whose passion for excellence defines us, we bring you our best - "The Judge's Favorites".
For this Judge's Favorites half-case discovery, we bring to the court's attention a line-up of one bottle each of Royce's expert selections from the Lucas & Lewellen library and current and future offerings, priced for careful cross-examination.
Exhibit A: 2014 "Judge's Reserve" Merlot ($82) - Merlot is usually soft, medium-bodied, and lighter in color. This libraried Judge's Reserve is inky and opaque, with aromas of smoke, vanilla, and boysenberry.
Exhibit B: 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Clone 6" ($70) - 100% of our limited Clone 6 Cabernet clone, grown at our warm Solvang Valley View Vineyard. This one took first place at Sandy's blind tasting of eight "Clone 6" vintages.
Exhibit C: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Clone 6" ($88) - We are down to 40 cases only of this exceptional wine, arguably the best Clone 6 we have ever made. There is not space here to list the glorious attributes of this wine, the deep spice and gorgeous fruit flavors, or the long silky finish. Drinking this wine is a memorable experience.
Exhibit D: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, "Cote del Sol" ($38) - Whether or not you take advantage of this half-case offering, stock up now on this wine before the price increase. Our reserve-level Cabernet made from 92% Cabernet and 8% Syrah picked exclusively from the south facing side of a few select vine rows on a unique Valley View Vineyard slope, this one is slowly stacking up impressive scores: 97 points/Platinum at San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge, 90 points at Wine Enthusiast, and 94 points at Wine Review Online.
Exhibit E: 2018 Pinot Noir, SBC ($24) - We would not ordinarily feature a wine not slated for public release for 1-2 years, but it has so impressed Royce that we could not release an honest half-case of his favorites and exclude this one.
Exhibit F: 2017 Cabernet Franc ($26) - A classic Bordeaux-styled wine with earthy flavors of sage and dark chocolate followed by chewy tannins and a long rich finish.
We look forward to hearing your verdict on this special half-case, priced at $275 with freight included.