In a nutshell: A polished and silky, unoaked Californian Pinot Noir
The lowdown: Lockwood's vineyards are mainly to be found in the Monterey area of California's Central Coast sub-region. The lagre variations in day-night temperatures around here create good conditions for concentrating the flavours found in the berries. To highlight the purity of the fruit no oak is used and all vinification and ageing is done in staninless steel. The result is a wine with bright red aromas of strawberry and red cherry. A hint of violets rise from the glass and are joined by flavours of raspberry, cardamom and a touch of oak spice. It's very well structured with a nicely taught body and deliciously long finish..
When to drink: An interestingly complex wine. Serve with things like chargrilled chicken, duck or a succulent joint of roast beef.
Lockwood Vineyard's beginnings are due to founders, Paul Toeppen, Phil Johnson and Butch Lindley, who with a cumulative vineyard management experience of over 90 years, first planted their large 1,850 acre San Lucas vineyard in a remote area nestled at the base of the Santa Lucia mountain range in Monterey County in 1981 after concluding that this was a perfect location for growing premium grapes. It's one of the largest premium estate vineyards in the world. Today, Lockwood Vineyard continues to be devoted to producing high-quality wines that are a reflection of the expansive Central Coast and its diverse terroir and cool climate. Focusing on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, vineyards are carefully selected and evaluated to produce the finest wine at an incredible value, staying true to the vision of the original founders. The winemaker is Thane Knutson, originally from Oklahoma, who started out making wine as a hobby before mving to California where he gained a wealth of experience at a range of wineries before landing the job of head winemaker at Lockwood.