Aromas: Lemongrass, vanilla, marzipan, hyacinth, lanolin, lemon oil, candlewax
Flavors: Fresh cut papaya, avocado, pineapple guava, Ritz crackers, buttered toast
Profile: Aristocratic, with poise and flair. Pair with avocado toast, shrimp scampi, crab cakes eggs Benedict, or English muffins with Muenster and avocado
Tasting notes provided by Laura Ness, wine writer
The Lexington “Estate” wines are sourced from the spectacular Gist Ranch Estate Vineyard located in the heart of Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard was densely planted in the year 2000 at elevations reaching 2300 feet above sea level, 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The heavily fractured, Vaqueros Sandstone soils and unique mountain micro-climate produce singular, deeply concentrated wines that demonstrate the power and elegance of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
2018 began as another dry but not particularly warm winter until early February, when a system of high pressure brought daytime temperatures into the 70s, warming the dry soil and initiating early bud break in some of our vineyard sites. Then in March, an arctic cold front settled in bringing nighttime temperatures down to freezing, risking frost damage to the new shoot growth and ultimately limiting yields in many vineyard sites. This pattern of seasonally early warm temperatures with later cold creates a “false” spring in the vineyards and has become much more common in recent years. Summer was mostly mild, leading to a slightly later harvest than other recent vintages. These wines are poised and complex with depth and structure. Lower yields produced more concentrated wines, leading us to believe they have a long life ahead.
This Bordelaise-inspired blend of 51% Sémillon and 49% Sauvignon Blanc is suave and sleek on the nose, offering guava-peel, baked apple and tropical-citrus flavors on the pleasantly mellow nose. There is a tension to the sip, where yellow- and green-apple flavors meet with a waxy lemon peel-touch and the faintest drops of petrol.
Food Pairing Notes
92 points, Wine Enthusiast