Hello everyone and welcome to the 2014 Spring release for Luceant Winery and Luminesce. We are now releasing two 2012 Chardonnays , Talley Rincon Vineyard and a Santa Barbara County blend. Also available for purchase is the 2012 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, the 2012 Laetitia Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2012 River Bench Vineyard Sol Du Riviere Pinot Noir. The River Bench Vineyard is the first of three Soil Series Selections that we will be releasing. The other two will be available in the fall. Our Soil Series Selections are designed to capture each vineyard at its zenith. These micro blends represent what we feel are exciting examples of what a vineyard can do given optimum conditions - such as the 2012 vintage. We are getting down to the last few cases of the 2010 Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2011 Laetitia Pinot has put on considerable weight as well as additional complexity. Grab a few of these before they are gone!
On all orders totaling $300 or more, you can redeem a 15% discount by using the word DISCOUNT in the coupon window during the checkout process.
On a side note, some of you may or may not be aware but our winery name will be changing. Unfortunately, living in these aggressive times of copyrights and trademarks, we had to relinquish our name Luminesce. Please be aware that nothing has changed, just the name. With each vintage we strive to produce the highest quality wine by picking at optimum ripeness from carefully selected vineyard rows and blocks. The same people and vineyards, including a few new ones, are still and always will be the main fabric of this winery. There will be a few transitions as we introduce some new and exciting projects and labels - starting with our 2012 wines this spring. Our new winery name will be Luceant.
2012 CHARDONNAY SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
( $26, limit 6 bottles)
2012 was a plentiful year with very high quality, making this wine quite fun to make. It is comprised of three different vineyards mostly from Santa Barbara County. Drink this white over the summer months, and the Talley Rincon Chardonnay in the fall.
2012 CHARDONNAY TALLEY RINCON VINEYARD
( $36, Limit 12 bottles)
This is our first vintage with Talley, and we are extremely happy to add this to our portfolio. The Chardonnay is brilliant in color with a greenish hue and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. 50% new French oak was utilized which adds a complex array of exotic spice, with rich and concentrated flavors of tropical fruit, citrus, and a long mineral finish. Balanced, intense, and focused, this wine will develop further with age.
2012 PINOT NOIR SANTA MARIA VALLEY
( $28, Limit 12 bottles)
Our Santa Maria Valley blend this year is primarily from the Presqu'ile Vineyard. The River Bench Vineyard, all Martini clone, makes up the balance at 30%. This wine has developed nicely in bottle and will drink perfectly now and over the next 3-6 years. details
2012 PINOT NOIR LAETITIA VINEYARD
Arroyo Grande Valley is one of my favorite regions for Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Uniquely different from Santa Maria, the clay soils of Laetitia provide a richness and depth to the wine.
2012 PINOT NOIR SOL DU RIVIERE
This is the first release of three Soil Series Selections from some of the Pinot Noir Vineyards we work with. Sometimes everything will align perfectly - from the vineyard to the fermenter, and finally to the barrel that was selected.
2011 PINOT NOIR LAETITIA VINEYARD RESERVE
The barrels that were selected for this reserve bottling stood out above the others from the beginning. While still retaining the classic Laetitia Vineyard aromatics of Asian spices, the wine is reminiscent of a bolder styled Russian River Pinot.
2011 PINOT NOIR LAETITIA VINEYARD
This vineyard's dark volcanic clay soils bring out unique flavors very different from most Pinot Noir vineyards. We decided on 35% whole cluster fermentation and 25% new Francois Freres barrels for the final blend. .
2011 PINOT NOIR PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD
This wine is remarkably elegant and highly perfumed, with complex aromatics of red fruit, dried herbs, cola and a hint of smoke. It will continue to develop further in bottle as the fruit, tannins, and acid integrate.
2010 PINOT NOIR PRESQU'ILE VINEYARD
The 2010 Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir is a beautiful expression of a unique corner in Santa Maria Valley. This specific region is almost pure sand with a very shallow gradient to the cool Pacific Ocean. On this vineyard we are able to reach phenolic ripeness at low brix with nearly perfect, balanced acidity.
2011 SEMILLON BUTTONWOOD VINEYARD
This exotic white has all the minerality of the 2010 but more clarity of flavors. This is a very refreshing and pleasant wine with aromatics of orange blossoms, ripe lemon, and a deceptively rich finish.
2010 SYRAH THOMPSON VINEYARD
This 100% Syrah from Thompson Vineyard is located in a perfect location for Syrah. 2010 was a cool year for most Rhone varietals which is quite apparent with its wonderful nose of cracked pepper, fennel, leather, and damp earth. On the palate there is a burst of dark fruit and bitter chocolate - quite delicate yet rich and sophisticated for a California Syrah. This wine is perfect for fall dishes, most cheeses, and of course duck. About 30% of the stems were used to ferment with and the finished alcohol is a mere 13.4%.
2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON LEWELLING RANCH, NAPA VALLEY
It has taken quite some time to put this all together, but finally we are very pleased to release our 2009 Lewelling Ranch Cabernet from Napa Valley. Only 24 cases were made and it will be limited to primarily our valued mailing list.
Luminesce has slowly built up a very complete library of all the wines we have made since the inaugural release of our 2006 vintage. If there is an older wine that you’ve enjoyed in the past and might be sold out, just give us an email and we might be able to find you a bottle for a special occasion.
2010 SYRAH SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
SOLD OUT - new vintage spring '14
This 100% Syrah from Santa Barbara County is primarily comprised of Thompson Vineyard fruit, which happens to be located in a perfect location for Syrah. 2010 was a cool year for most Rhone varietals which is apparent with its wonderful nose of cracked pepper and fennel.
2009 COALESCE RED WINE, NAPA VALLEY
SOLD OUT - new vintage spring '14
Our 2009 Coalesce is the younger sibling of our 2008 Claret. Mostly Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a miniscule amount of Cabernet Franc make this blend quite enjoyable. All Napa Fruit, this wine has wonderful complexities and aromatics such as black current, pie crust and cassis.