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Wine Lewis Cellars

4101 Big Ranch Rd, Napa, CA 94558 (707) 255-3400 -

Lewis Cellars

In 1992 Randy and Debbie Lewis established a small family winery in Napa Valley and were later joined by their son Dennis in 1999.

The Lewis family are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution. They thrive on this challenge and the relationships cultivated in the process, with a continuing goal to create world-class wines. Total production is approximately 9,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. At the winery, each lot is tasted regularly to track the evolution of individual wines and to fine tune barrel selections. Ultimately, every single barrel is tasted and evaluated before putting the final blends together for bottling.

Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged sur lies with batonnage in 100% French oak for 11-15 months, undergoing 100% malolactic fermentation, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sauvignon Blanc is whole cluster pressed, fermented and barrel aged in French oak and stainless steel for 9-11 months with zero malolactic fermentation.

Red varietals are picked at full ripeness and maturity. Hand sorted and de-stemmed to small stainless steel tanks and open top fermenters, the wines are pressed off at dryness after 2-4 weeks on the skins. Bordeaux varietals are aged primarily in new French oak for 19 months then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Enjoy American oak in some blends including the Alec’s Blend and Syrah. Lewis Cellars produces big, spicy, concentrated wines that are balanced yet full of black fruit and mature, mouth-coating tannins.

Expert wine making requires the family to be in the vineyards year round, walking the rows during every developmental stage: from pruning to bud break, bloom to set, and veraison to harvest. Always learning each year about unique vineyards to make better wine.

Lewis Cellars sources the finest fruit from Calistoga, St. Helena,

Rutherford and Oak Knoll for the red varietals. The Chardonnay comes from Oak Knoll and Russian River Valley. Each site was selected for a specific varietal character, with many of the vineyards being planted exclusively for LC. Low vigor rootstocks and a selection of clones are chosen to give balanced vines and modest yields, producing maximum flavors.

Photography: Lewis Cellars 26 OFF THE EASEL MAGAZINE – WINTER 2017

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