Our Lucienne Hook Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of four vineyard-designated, limited-production Pinot Noirs produced at our estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. In part, our Lucienne wines owe their seductive nature to clonal selection. We planted an array of Pinot Noir clones, or slight genetic variations, in each of our vineyards. Each clone contributes a desired color, aroma, flavor, texture, or structural element to the finished wine.
After harvesting the fruit, we de-stemmed and hand-sorted the grapes before moving them into open-top fermenters where we used gentle, manual punch-downs, protecting the delicate Pinot Noir grapes. Once fermentation was complete, we racked the free-run juice into French oak barrels (40% new) where the wine aged for 14 months before bottling.
About our Hook Vineyard:
Once a cattle ranch, this vineyard is now home to 14 clones of Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Malbec. The gently sloping hills allow for excellent drainage. Soils are predominantly Chualar loam. Hook experiences morning fog and windy afternoons during most of the growing season.
93 pts – Robert Parker – The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Lucienne Pinot Noir Hook Vineyard is a tiny production cuvee (there’s a little over a 100 cases) and comes from a site roughly a mile to the south of the Smith Vineyard, so this is a warmer vineyard, as the further south you are, the further away from the ocean and the quicker the fog blows off in the morning. This terrific Pinot Noir is a rich, savory, medium to full-bodied beauty that has ample black cherry and currant fruits, toasted spices, licorice and dried herbs in its impeccably balanced, structured profile. I love its texture, but it too will benefit from a year or two in bottle and drink nicely through 2024.