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Review: Wines of Lucas & Lewellen, 2018 Releases

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Santa Barbara-based Lucas & Lewellen isn’t a household name in the wine world, but that could change: This operation is turning out approachable wines at even more approachable prices, three of which we recently had the opportunity to taste. Let’s dive in!

2017 Lucas & Lewellen Sauvignon Blanc – Crisp and grassy, the wine showcases a gentle astringency and a modest, fruity character that offers gentle tropical notes — though here they find a slightly earthy bent, more papaya than pineapple. Creamier on the finish than the typical California sauvignon blanc. B+ / $18

2017 Lucas & Lewellen Rose of Pinot Noir – Strawberry notes from front to back, with a caress of green herbs adding at least a little grip to the finish. This is a fairly frivolous wine, designed for poolside sipping and the lightest of lunching. Wholly harmless. B / $13

2016 Lucas & Lewellen Hidden Asset Red Wine – This is a field blend sourced from a variety of Santa Barbara vineyards, composed of malbec, merlot, syrah, petite sirah, and cabernet franc. Initially rather tannic, it settles into a lightly sweet, lightly peppery groove that showcases dense currant and dried plum notes. Moderately dry on the finish, with notes of blueberry and some lingering tannin. B+ / $29

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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