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
2019 Pluma - Lechuza
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
From an estate who hangs their hat on "serious" dark bold and brooding wines comes a new project that plays to the lighter more playful side. While still pronounced on the nose and in the mouth, this wine is enourages one to take in mouthfulls after mouthfull in the spirit of just how delightful life can be when there is not a care in the world.
Only 115 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release - 5 years
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 and then aged for 6 months in 50% 1st use French and American barrels. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.