The approaching August issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine highlights the best of California wine and food.  As part of this special issue, Wine Enthusiast magazine awarded Lucas & Lewellen’s 2012 Estate Vineyards Chardonnay with a 91 point score. The popular food friendly style and acclaim of this score has spurred interest in this Chardonnay at Lucas & Lewellen’s Tasting Room in downtown Solvang.

Director of Winemaking, Megan McGrath Gates, says: “This Chardonnay embodies the region and soils from which it hails in northern Santa Barbara County. The area is illustrious in its own right. Our 2012 Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards Chardonnay doesn’t disappoint with its creamy entry, mouth feel, and flavors that dance and linger. It was not aged in oak but did go through malo-lactic fermentation which gives rise to rich aromas: fresh creamery butter, tropical notes, citrus, and true-to-variety signature Chardonnay character.”

Lucas & Lewellen Tasting Room Manager, Andrew Moore adds:  “This new world Chardonnay deviates quite a bit from the more classic French-styled Chardonnays we are known for.  The new kid on the block has quickly become one of our most requested wines.  If the success of this particular vintage is any indication, we’ll be seeing more of the no-oak, buttery interpretation of Chardonnay at Lucas & Lewellen in the future.”

The Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Tasting Room is located at 1645 Copenhagen Drive-Solvang, CA – open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – open later on weekends. For more information, call 805-686-9336, or visit www.LLwine.com