The Lechuza Estate
- Lechuza is a family run, miniscule production winery that makes most of its wine from estate vineyards. Their winery and vineyards are located near the end of the Valle de Guadalupe at an elevation of 900 ft, approximately 12 miles from the Pacific. Vineyards slope gently to the northwest.
- In addition to using the fruit from their estate vineyard, which is organically farmed, they source their chardonnay from a select site in Valle de San Vicente very close to sea level less than a mile from the Pacific.
- The term "family operated" runs very true to course here, with their entire staff for harvest consisting of 6 people, one of whom is their precocious 4 year old.
- Their "Amantes" and "Nebbiolo" are featured on the wine list of the French Laundry.
Total production: 5 wines, 2,200 cases
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - Lechuza
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
A monsterously delicious and decadent Cabernet Sauvignon with a spicy nose of star anise, pink peppercorn, currant and black pepper preceed a luschious palate of berry pie, pomagranate and mulled baking spices. Long and complex finish.
Only 149 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release - 10 years
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Kristin Schute - American born, now a Mexican citizen
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards, 900 ft elevation, composed of red clay and sandy loam
Fermented on the skins and seeds in French and American oak barrels, racked and then aged for an astonishing 40 months in French and American oak of 2nd and 3rd use.