|Owner(s)||Will Henry, Lane Tanner|
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A partnership between winemaker Lane Tanner and Will Henry dedicated to offering wines from cool-climate vineyards where grapes are picked early before over ripe. "The resulting wines are reminiscent of California wines of old." Tanner is an iconic Central Coast winemaker known for wines she produced under the Hitching Post and Lane Tanner labels. Henry has worked in the wine business since 1989 including his family's wine distribution company, The Henry Wine Group. He also is an accomplished journalist and photographer and founded the non-profit organization Save The Waves.
Together, Tanner and Henry produce their wines in Santa Maria. The wines are distributed by mailing list and sold on the winery's website.
2014 LUMEN Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 990 cases, $30. Fruit was picked early for freshness and lively acidity @ average 23.5º Brix. Clones 667, 777, Pommard 5 and Wädenswil 2A. 100% de-stemmed. Aged in 15% new and 85% neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels. Bottled unfined and loosely filtered. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. A very savory wine leading off with aromas of black cherry, pice, dried herbs, peppercorn and nutty oak. Light to medium in weight with flavors that replicate the nose with additions of black raspberry and earthiness. The tannins are silky, and there is welcome freshness and juiciness. Score: 89. Reviewed February 13, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 LUMEN Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
13.3% alc., 540 cases, $30. Harvest Brix 22.1º. Robert Young and 15 clones. Barrel fermented and aged in 10% new and 90% neutral French and Hungarian oak. 100% MLF. Sterile filtered. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon, apple, banana cream, buttery brioche, yeast and a hint of reduction that blows off. Flavors of lemon, pineapple, green apple and spice infused with steely resolve. Slightly creamy on the palate, with a hint of nutty oak, finishing with a bright apple note. The wine improves in the glass over time. Score: 90. Reviewed February 13, 2017 ARTICLE »
2014 LUMEN Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., 99 cases, $52. A selection of the best barrels from this vineyard this vintage. Harvest Brix 22.7º. Clone 777. 100% destemmed. Aged in 16% new and 84% neutral French and Hungarian oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Earth embossed aromas of blackberry, black raspberry and ollaliberry with complimentary spice. More dark red fruited on the palate with tastes of cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. Lithe and juicy, with a very sensual mouthfeel, sporting matched tannins, a savory thread of thyme and other herbs and some generosity on the finish. Score: 91. Reviewed February 13, 2017 ARTICLE »
2013 LUMEN Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., 800 cases, $29. Sourced from several vineyards (mainly Sierra Madre Vineyard) and picked early for added vibrancy. Clones 77, 115 and Pommard 5. Harvest Brix 23.4º. 100% de-stemmed. Aged in 15% new and 85% neutral French/ Hungarian oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of Maraschino cherry and dried rose petal. Welcome attack of fresh black cherry fruit framed by complimentary oak. The tannins are nicely balanced, the fruit is lifted by tangy acidity, and the finish is uplifting and refreshing. This elegant wine is very well crafted. Score: 90. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 LUMEN Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 99 cases, $49. A barrel selection. Harvest average Brix 23.7º. Clones 667 and Pommard 5. Aged in 84% neutral French oak and 16% new Hungarian oak. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. The aromas of fresh boysenberry, plum, spice and toasty oak draw you into the glass. Beautifully balanced and polished on the palate, with flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry and plum with a slight earthy undertone. The oak seasoning is complimentary, the tannins are proportional and the wine’s juicy acidity makes for refreshing drinking. The intensely aromatic spiced plum on the very long finish is especially impressive. This wine truly reflects Santa Maria Valley terroir and is the best Pinot Noir I have ever had from this vineyard. Score: 94. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »