My Grapes Into My Wine

The Wine

La Luke Chardonnay

 

The 2017 La Luke Chardonnay – Available Now!

2015 La Luke Chardonnay – sold out
2014 La Luke Chardonnay – sold out
2013 La Luke Chardonnay – sold out
2012 La Luke Chardonnay – sold out
2011 La Luke Chardonnay – sold out


The 2017 La Luke Chardonnay

Aging:
12 months in seasoned French Oak on very fine lees to give the wine balance without sacrificing an ounce of nuance.

Vintage notes:
2017 started wet and rainy with record breaking rain from November thru April. With a mild early Spring and bud break in March, it was the recipe for a wild Spring & Summer, when we had to keep up with the fast growing vines. A mild Summer temperatures provided a breather with colder weather and foggy condition in late August bringing a welcomed and slow ripening at the end of the ripening cycle. However, Labor day week end provided a sustained heat spiked, jeopardizing the freshness of the fruit. Luckily, we were aware of the heat spell coming and were able to take the fruit home to the winery on August 30, preserving the energy of the vintage.

Tasting notes:
Very youthful pale gold with green hue. The 2017 La Luke shows great elegance and energy from the beginning. Refreshing and complex, it is an elegant and racy Chardonnay with plenty of tension and vigor. Citrus and pear characters combine with floral components to create a lively and controlled wine. Intense and lengthy finish provide reward in early drinking but promise for a great cellar experience as well.

Vintage: 2017

Production: 8 barrels

Alcohol: 13.4% ABV

Cellar Notes: Perfect for the impatient oenophile, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now, and will also age gracefully for 6 to 9 years.

Label Notes: The sketch is of LaLuke, world champion horse. When we drink Chardonnay this good, we all feel like World Champion!

The Wine

La Luke Chardonnay

 

The 2017 La Luke Chardonnay – Available Now!

 


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12 months in seasoned French Oak on very fine lees to give the wine balance without sacrificing an ounce of nuance.

2017 started wet and rainy with record breaking rain from November thru April. With a mild early Spring and bud break in March, it was the recipe for a wild Spring & Summer, when we had to keep up with the fast growing vines. A mild Summer temperatures provided a breather with colder weather and foggy condition in late August bringing a welcomed and slow ripening at the end of the ripening cycle. However, Labor day week end provided a sustained heat spiked, jeopardizing the freshness of the fruit. Luckily, we were aware of the heat spell coming and were able to take the fruit home to the winery on August 30, preserving the energy of the vintage.

Very youthful pale gold with green hue. The 2017 La Luke shows great elegance and energy from the beginning. Refreshing and complex, it is an elegant and racy Chardonnay with plenty of tension and vigor. Citrus and pear characters combine with floral components to create a lively and controlled wine. Intense and lengthy finish provide reward in early drinking but promise for a great cellar experience as well.

Vintage: 2017

Production: 8 barrels

Alcohol: 13.4% ABV

Cellar Notes: Perfect for the impatient oenophile, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now, and will also age gracefully for 6 to 9 years.

Label Notes: The sketch is of LaLuke, world champion horse. When we drink Chardonnay this good, we all feel like World Champion!

To Stéphane, the best winemaker is one that largely keeps his hands to himself, allowing the alchemy of nature to do what it does best. As he says, “Being a lazy winemaker is all about being patient, letting the place talk, and being gentle with the grapes. Making it simple.”

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Winemaker : Stéphane Vivier

To Stéphane, the best winemaker is one that largely keeps his hands to himself, allowing the alchemy of nature to do what it does best. As he says, “Being a lazy winemaker is all about being patient, letting the place talk, and being gentle with the grapes. Making it simple.”

Born and raised in France, Stéphane obtained degrees in viticulture and enology from Université de Bourgogne in Dijon. Cultivating his skills in the vineyards of Switzerland, Sonoma and New Zealand he discovered the difference between Old World and New World winemaking. The vineyards were young, as were the winemakers, giving free rein for them to put their stamp on the wines they crafted.

 www.vivierwines.com

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The Story

Lynn Larson, Proprietor

La Luke  Vineyards Ranch

How many people do you know who took their horse to college with them?

This simple fact explains the love affair that Lynn has had all her life with horses, and which provided the bridge from growing up in the midwest to growing grapes in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Lynn has been surrounded by horses all her life. From growing up in Santa Rosa, California through college at University of Missouri, where she graduated with a degree in Agricultural Chemistry, to her current life, owning Double T Ranch located in the heart of Carneros.

Lynn moved to Northern California to undertake clinical lab research in the early 1970s. In 1976 Lynn purchased what was a 10-acre field used for running cattle and began the work of transforming the land into a working horse farm. Concurrently, Lynn began to notice that the surrounding fields were slowly being transformed into vineyards. This transformation occurred after a neighboring test vineyard study showed that the area was ideal for growing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; the staples for creating fine sparkling wines.

Lynn surrounded herself with people who could teach her all she needed to know about growing high quality grapes. By the early 90s, Lynn had learned all she needed, and converted 6 acres of the horse farm into a Chardonnay vineyard and began growing and selling the grapes to several local wineries on a contract basis.

All the while, Lynn grew the horse ranch and continued to show her horses – including La Luke who became a World Champion. In 2011, Lynn took the decision to begin her own wine label under the Double T Ranch brand. What better way to honor the two passions in life than to name her inaugural Chardonnay wine ‘La Luke’.

Her vision for Double T Ranch is to produce Ultra Premium wines that honor the horses that have been such an integral part of her journey.

La Luke

Lu Luke showed great promise as a young hunter jumper in Texas under the training of David Connors and Bill Ellis. Lynn and La Luke competed in Hunter Jumper shows in New York and Florida. He consequently won many awards culminating as the World Champion.

After 9/11 when travel became difficult, Lynn and La Luke moved back to California where he continued his award winning competitions.

How many people do you know who took their horse to college with them?

This simple fact explains the love affair that Lynn has had all her life with horses, and which provided the bridge from growing up in the midwest to growing grapes in California’s Sonoma Valley.

Her vision for Double T Ranch is to produce Ultra Premium wines that honor the horses that have been such an integral part of her journey.

 

Lu Luke showed great promise as a young hunter jumper in Texas under the training of David Connors and Bill Ellis. Lynn and La Luke competed in Hunter Jumper shows in New York and Florida. He consequently won many awards culminating as the World Champion.

After 9/11 when travel became difficult, Lynn and La Luke moved back to California where he continued his award winning competitions.

Kind words about my wine:

La Luke Chardonnay is an exquisite example of a bright and delicious wine. The bold fruit for this extra special wine is grown in the gorgeous Carneros region of Sonoma. It is cultivated and nurtured by an equally special woman whose true passions in life are creating incredible wines, and caring for her world champion horses.

Keysha

This wine was my favorite from the first taste. It is the perfect pairing for everything, whether it’s a lazy day by the pool on a hot summer afternoon, or a sophisticated evening of entertaining friends.

T. Winsor

This Chardonnay is by far and always has been a favorite.  It is a wonderful wine by itself and an unparalleled compliment to food.  It never fails to impress.  The fruit is distinctive and consistently delivers the same wonderful pallet vintage after vintage.”  

H.Ryder

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