Located in the Santa Lucia Highlands of California’s Monterey County, Lucienne Vineyards produces premium estate bottled Pinot Noir from the Nicolaus Hahn Family Wine Estate.
Lucienne Vineyards takes its name from two sources: Nicky Hahn’s middle name – Lucien, and Santa Lucia, the Patron Saint of Light. Santa Lucia is known for arriving with a crown of candles to bring light to the darkness during the yuletide and winter solstice. Her crown of candles graces our label.
The Lone Oak Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands is positioned to take advantage of some of the best grape growing conditions in California for ultra-premium Pinot Noir. The southeast facing slopes sit above the fog, allowing the vines to take full advantage of the sun. This long sun exposure, combined with the cool temperatures from the Monterey Bay, creates a longer growing season which in turn increases the complexity in the fruit.
The Lucienne Vineyards 2007 Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir is the third single vineyard program release from this winery owned by Hahn Estates. The Lone Oak Vineyard is a small and prestigious vineyard located in the cooler, northern sector of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation.
Below average temperatures, coupled with minimal rainfall in the winter of 2007, caused a delayed bud break. Normally, the average rainfall in the Santa Lucia Highlands ranges from 12 to14 inches; this vintage experienced about half of normal precipitation. The summer months were typical with early morning fog burning off by mid morning, then followed by drying breezes. Because of drought-like conditions, irrigation was monitored very closely which allowed the vines to develop enough foliage, yet kept them perfectly stressed which helped prevent excessively large grapes. These dry seasonal conditions led to very small berries and clusters. The quality of the small crop of Pinot Noir was then elevated even further during the warm Indian summer in early fall which allowed powerful, yet beautiful, flavor and tannin development.
The grapes were harvested October 3 through 5, 2007 and then hand-sorted, de-stemmed, crushed and loaded into 3-ton fermentors. BGY yeast was used for fermentation at 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit with punch down three times per day. Free run was drained off to barrel (50% new French oak including coopers such as Seguin Moreau, Dargaud, Jaegle and DeMercurey). Press lots of wine were not used in the final blend. This vintage of Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir, comprised of 667, 2A and Pommard clones, was barrel aged for 14 months prior to bottling in January of 2009.
The 2007 Lone Oak Pinot Noir tantalizes with aromas of wild cherry, juicy raspberry and hints of leather interlaced with bright pomegranate and earthy mushroom flavors. The silkiness on the palate leads into a feminine, well-choreographed and elegant finish.
|Total Acidity: 0.61 g/l 14.8% abv pH:3.6