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Press and Accolades:

Awards:
2020 Monterey International Wine Competition
2018 Chardonnay Paraiso Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Gold 93 points 
2018 Pinot Noir Ferrari Vineyards, Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains -Gold 91 points
2017 Chardonnay Edna Valley -Gold 91 points
2018 Pinot Noir Reserve San Luis Obispo County- Gold 90 points
2018 Pinot Noir Spanish Springs Vineyard, Reserve San Luis Obispo County- Gold 90 points 
2017 Classic Red Wine Reserve Central Coast - Gold 90 points
2017 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - Silver 
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Mountain; Eden Canyon VineyardsPaso Robles - Silver
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2018 Chardonnay Spanish Springs Vineyard, Reserve San Luis Obispo County - Silver
2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley- Silver
2017 Classic White Wine Reserve Paso Robles - Silver
2017 Chardonnay Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2018 Albariño Edna Valley - Silver

 
2019 Sommelier's Challenge International Wine Competition: 
2017 Classic Red Wine Reserve Central Coast - Gold 92 points (Best Rhone Blend)
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains - Gold 91 points
2017 Chardonnay Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains - Gold 91 points
2018 Albariño Edna Valley Silver - Medal
2017 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountain - Silver Medal
 
2019 New Orleans International Wine Competition:
 
2017 Edna Valley Chardonnay - Gold Medal
2017 Classic White (Rhone Blend) - Silver Medal
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles - Silver Medal
 
2019 Dan Berger Wine Competition:
2018 Chardonnay Russian River - Triple Gold
2018 Pinot Noir SLO - Gold
2018 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands - Gold
2018 Pinot Noir Russian River - Silver
2018 Pinot Noir Spanish Springs - Silver
2018 Pinot Noir Ferrari Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
 
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (December 2019):
2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley - Double Gold
2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - Gold
2018 Pinot Noir SLO - Gold
2018 Pinot Noir Spanish Springs Vineyard - Gold
2018 Albarino - Silver
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles - Silver
2018 Chardonnay Spanish Springs - Silver
2018 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands - Silver
2017 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2018 Pinot Noir Ferrari - Silver
 
Winemaker’s Challenge International Wine Competition (January 2020):
2018 Chardonnay Paraiso Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands- Platinum 94 points
2017 Pinot Noir Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains- Gold 90 points
2018 Pinot Noir Reserve Ferrari Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains- Gold 90 points
2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley - Gold 90 points
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Black Mountain Paso Robles - Gold 90 points
2018 Albarino Edna Valley - Gold 90 points
2018 Pinot Noir Reserve San Luis Obispo County - Silver
2018 Pinot Noir Reserve Spanish Springs San Luis Obispo County - Silver
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2017 Chardonnay Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains - Silver
2018 Chardonnay Reserve Spanish Springs San Luis Obispo County - Silver
2017 Chardonnay Edna Valley - Silver
2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley - Silver
 
 
Critic's scores:

 

March 25 2020 Wine Enthusiast

93 points Lightpost 2018 Albariño Edna Valley 

93 points Editors' Choice Lightpost 2018 Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo County

93 points Lightpost 2018 Spanish Springs Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo County

92 points Cellar Selection Lightpost 2018 Ferrari Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains

92 points Lightpost 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

91 points Lightpost 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley

91 points  Lightpost 2018 Spanish Springs Chardonnay San Luis Obispo County

 

2018 Pinot Noir Spanish Springs- 96 points from Rich Cook. Feb 4, 2020
 
“A special bottling from what’s quickly turning out to be a special site just east of Pismo Beach on California’s central coast. This is the second Pinot Noir I’ve tasted from the site, and it’s an amazing example of what’s possible when great fruit meets a great winemaker.  Christian Roguenant’s decades of experience in the region shine brightly here, with just a kiss of oak joining cherry, strawberry, dry earth minerality and lively spice in a medium bodied, full flavored style. Singing acidity pushes the flavors through a bursting finish that hangs pleasantly in the mouth and invites you back again and again.  A fine accompaniment for roast fowl or seafood, and it’s more than up to cutting through rich sauces. Bravo!”
 
2018 Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo- 94 points from Rich Cook. Feb 4, 2020
 
“A blend of fruit from Laetitia Vineyard and Spanish Springs Vineyard, this Pinot Noir shows the earthy side of the variety, with dark brown spice joining black cherry fruit and easy oak toast.  It’s quite long on the palate, with good integration at its young age. The earth tones come forward just a touch in the finish at present - age this a while for full enjoyment.”
 
2018 Pinot Noir Ferrari- 94 points from Rich Cook. Feb 4, 2020
 
“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but this wine pays tribute to its dry farmed source’s name with full throttle flamboyance that’s driven to a win by an expert driver.  Just like Formula One racing, there’s power on top of power, but if the turns aren’t finessed, victory slips away quickly. No worries here, with layered aromas and flavors of black cherry, rhubarb and damp earth minerality riding on a structured frame and accelerating through the finish.  Not everyone can handle a Ferrari, but those who can surely revel in its secrets.”
 
2018 Albarino- 92 points from Rich Cook. Feb 4, 2020
 
“A worthy steward of the variety,  winemaker Christian Roguenant sources this wine from two lesser known sites in Edna Valley – Jespersen Ranch and Morro View Vineyard in equal parts.  The result is as invigorating as the sea breezes that blow through each site regularly, bathing the fruit in cool and keeping acid levels up through maturation.  This is about bright citrus, stony minerality and refreshing acidity playing off of each other from beginning to end. Drink on!”
 
2018 Chardonnay Spanish Springs- 95 points from Rich Cook. Feb 4, 2020
 
“A stellar Chardonnay – right in my crisp and creamy zone.  Winemaker Christian Roguenant said, “There’s no winemaking on this wine,” and by that he means a little sheparding with a careful picking and 25% new oak barrels, but then just letting the wine do what it does.  Minimal intervention that allows the site to speak clearly is an approach absolutely vindicated in this offering, and the site definitely has something good to say. Varietal purity is loud and clear without clanging or being overshadowed by too much oak or malolactic fermentation, with regional minerality adding depth and a finish that lasts and lasts. Beautiful!”
 
2018 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands- 94 points from Rich Cook. Jan 28, 2020
 
“I’ve been waiting with bated breath for a taste of master winemaker Christian Roguenant’s new project, Lightpost Winery.  Our judges at the 2020 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition have graciously accelerated the process by awarding this wine a Platinum Medal.  It’s certainly worthy, with riveting acidity propping up rich apple, pear and quince flavors, which are accented by carefully selected oak spice and evident Santa Lucia Highlands mineral notes.  This finish has great lift and push, and keeps you coming back. I can’t wait to see what else Lightpost has in store!”
 
2018 Albarino Edna Valley- 92 points from Steve Heimoff. Jan 31, 2020
 
“Just what you want in an Albariño: bone dry, crisp, and lightly fruity. This is the perfect palate cleanser: it scours everything in its path, like a waterfall of melted snow. Savory, subtle flavors: tropical fruits, Asian pear, white flowers, and a delicate, sea-shelly minerality. And no oak! It’s not needed. The Edna Valley, a cool, Pacific-influenced growing region in San Luis Obispo County, is perfect for these white wine varieties like Albarino. With modest alcohol and searing acidity (a good thing), it’s absolutely lovely, and so food-friendly. Drink now and over the next few years.”
 
2018 Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo- 91 points from Steve Heimoff. Jan 31, 2020
 
“Here’s a delicious Pinot Noir for drinking now. It’s translucent, with a clear ruby color that you can actually read through, which suggests the lightness on the palate. The tannins are delicately silky, the acidity as fine as a coastal climate can give. But it’s the flavors that impress: the most succulent cherries and raspberries, along with a nice earthy, spicy, mushroomy quality, and a rich vein of smoky, vanilla-tinged oak. Some of the grapes come from the Laetitia Vineyard, in the Santa Maria Valley. The remainder are from Edna Valley. So gulpable, you might want to drain the whole bottle.”
 
2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley: 91 points from Steve Heimoff. Jan 31, 2020
 
“A blend of several vineyards in the cooler, western parts of the valley, the 2018 is made from classic Dijon clones: 667, 777 and 115. The wine shows the pure, clean fruitiness associated with these clones: raspberries, pomegranates, cherries and cola. The color is pale, suggesting a certain delicacy, and it does feel light and silky in the mouth. With official alcohol of 14.9%, there’s a trace of heat, but the right food will balance it. There’s also a lot of new oak, 50% new French, but it integrates nicely with the fruit. This is a vigorous, fresh, young wine. The acidity is perfect: stimulating and lively, while the silky tannins are what you expect from a Russian River Pinot. A lovely wine that drinks well now, but should gain a little more bottle complexity in three or four years.”
 
2017 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains- 90 points from Steve Heimoff. Jan 31, 2020
 
“At the age of 2-1/2 years, this complex Chard is a little tired, but it’s fine to drink now. It’s smooth and mellow, with apricot, tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Burgundian technique adds complexities: one-quarter new French oak aging for nearly a year brings the usual butterscotch and smoke notes, complete malolactic fermentation gives a creamy texture, and there’s a lovely touch of yeasty lees. I doubt if this ’17 Chardonnay has a future, but it will provide pleasure over the next year or two.”
 
2017 Classic Red- 90 points and 1 Puff from Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
“Impressively concentrated with a full measure of well-ripened, cherry and blackberry fruit set against a quiet backdrop of sweet oak and spice, this big-bodied mix of varieties is a substantial, very rich wine that, while fully ripe, suffers no handicap from late-harvest excess or heat. It is not so tough as to make near-term drinking difficult, but it is on the rustic side of things at the moment, and, if entirely serviceable now with hearty hunks of meat, it promises to show more polish with time and deserves to be laid away for another three to five years of age.”
 
2017 Classic White- 90 points and 1 Puff from Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine
"Sweet and spicy oak takes an early lead in the nose here, but ripe apples and a suggestion of apricot soon catch up and make for a rich and fairly complete aromatic introduction to what turns out to be a full and fairly deep wine of considerable richness and weight. It is solidly structured and just ripe enough to show a slight tic of finishing heat that will be made irrelevant by service with the full-flavored foods for which it clearly asks to be partnered, and its essential balance is such that we feel safe in predicting that it will be better yet with a few years of age."
 
Press:
 
Signature Wines and Wineries of Coastal California
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Winery to Watch: Lightpost by Robert Whitley: February 18, 2020
“With Roguenant as winemaker, they are also sourcing fruit from special vineyards throughout California's Central Coast. I recently tasted their 2018 chardonnay from the Spanish Springs Vineyard near San Luis Obispo. It is one of the finest California chardonnays I've tasted in recent memory.”
 
 
Ribbon Cutting- Lightpost Winery
"Along with celebrated winemaker Christian Roguenant, their mission is to produce the most delectable ultra-premium wines that reflect the character of the best grapes of the Central Coast. Their selection includes Rhone and Bordeaux style blends, as well as single varietal wines. Roguenant and Fedotova carefully work in unison to coax and polish the unique flavors that characterize their wines."
 
Tasting Travel at Lightpost
"Of the lot, the one with the most age-worthy horsepower is the head-turning 2018 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot (Silver) from the dry-farmed Ferrari Vineyard, filled with forest floor, everlasting spice and impressive structure."
 
A Love Story, with Wine
"How did they end up starting a winery? Says Fedotova, “We traveled around wine country, fell in love with delicious wines from California sun-kissed grapes and decided to make something of our own.”"
 
Bidding 2019 Farewell
"She and winemaker, Christian Roguenant, shared their favorite holiday traditions. He likes Pinot Noir with Alaskan halibut topped with wild mushrooms and a reduction sauce with capers. Said Fedotova, “No holiday table in Russia goes without Olivier salad, a Russian version of potato salad.” Made with ham or bologna, pickles and peas, it should pair nicely with Lightpost’s Russian River Pinot Noir."


A Winery to Watch: Lightpost
"Not only was the Lightpost performance at the challenge impressive; it signals Lightpost as a winery to watch, especially when you consider that brilliant winemaker Christian Roguenant is only just getting started."