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