Lucas & Lewellen 07 Chard and 05 Cab Franc – Review

The connection to the movie sideways is undeniable – Lucas & Lewellen Winery had its Pinot Noir featured in the movie that destroyed merlot sales. L&L is a central-coast California winery whose founders, Louis Lucas and Royce Lewellen came together and bought some land in this fertile grape-growing region and have really done a lot to strike a claim for themselves as one of that region’s premiere wineries.

2005 Cabernet Franc: W.E.P. Rating: 40%

Technical Data:


  • Vineyard: Valley View
  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Franc
  • Oak: 19 Months French Oak
  • Fermentation: Punch down
  • Bottled: April 2007
  • Acidity: .70
  • pH: 3.69
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Production: 605 Cases
  • Sugg. Retail: $26.00
  • Release Date: July 2008



Nose: I pick some some strong eucaplyptus and cedar box on the initial pass – almost like a cedar cigar box. There’s some hints of black fruit in there somewhere, however, I have a feelin it’s going to be overpowered by oak.

Taste: Can someone get me a friggin toothpick to pick out all the wood splinters here? I mean.. really? I get that this is a California wine and that a lot of folks are used to having a piece of oak furniture in the glass with their wine – but wow. I’m gonna let this hang out to see if some of the wood blows off from it. Two hours later – the oakiness of this wine is still rather pronounced – it’s not quite as strong; however, is still not doing much for me.

This wine is a complete:



2007 “Goodchild” Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 75%

Technical Data:

  • Vineyard: Goodchild
  • Composition: 100% Chardonnay
  • Fermentation: Barrel
  • Oak: 100% French oak (30% new)
  • Bottled: July 2008
  • Acidity: 0.616
  • pH: 3.38
  • Alcohol: 14.4%
  • Production: 881 Cases
  • Sugg. Retail: $22.00
  • Release Date: September 2008

Nose: Pineapple, mango and peach skin – the classic vanilla hints on the nose as well. I also get subtleties of river-water stones. 

Taste: Take some pineapple, starfruit and mango – then toss in a tiny bit of butter and toasted vanilla – that’s what’s going on here. If you’re looking for a butterbomb napa charonnay, then this is not a wine for you – it’s rather crisp which shows it has little oak on ot. Good viscousness and acidity on the mouthfeel, decent fruit but a bit too hot on the backend for me.