September 29, 2015


Owner(s) Will Henry, Lane Tanner
Web site www.lumenwines.com
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A partnership between winemaker Lane Tanner and Will Henry dedicated to offering wines from cool-climate vineyards where grapes are picked early before over ripe. "The resulting wines are reminiscent of California wines of old." Tanner is an iconic Central Coast winemaker known for wines she produced under the Hitching Post and Lane Tanner labels. Henry has worked in the wine business since 1989 including his family's wine distribution company, The Henry Wine Group. He also is an accomplished journalist and photographer and founded the non-profit organization Save The Waves.

Together, Tanner and Henry produce their wines in Santa Maria. The wines are distributed by mailing list and sold on the winery's website.

Reviewed Wines

2013 LUMEN Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 800 cases, $29. Sourced from several vineyards (mainly Sierra Madre Vineyard) and picked early for added vibrancy. Clones 77, 115 and Pommard 5. Harvest Brix 23.4º. 100% de-stemmed. Aged in 15% new and 85% neutral French/ Hungarian oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of Maraschino cherry and dried rose petal. Welcome attack of fresh black cherry fruit framed by complimentary oak. The tannins are nicely balanced, the fruit is lifted by tangy acidity, and the finish is uplifting and refreshing. This elegant wine is very well crafted. Score: 90. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 LUMEN Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 99 cases, $49. A barrel selection. Harvest average Brix 23.7º. Clones 667 and Pommard 5. Aged in 84% neutral French oak and 16% new Hungarian oak. · Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. The aromas of fresh boysenberry, plum, spice and toasty oak draw you into the glass. Beautifully balanced and polished on the palate, with flavors of black raspberry, boysenberry and plum with a slight earthy undertone. The oak seasoning is complimentary, the tannins are proportional and the wine’s juicy acidity makes for refreshing drinking. The intensely aromatic spiced plum on the very long finish is especially impressive. This wine truly reflects Santa Maria Valley terroir and is the best Pinot Noir I have ever had from this vineyard. Score: 94. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »