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Matt Kettman
March 16, 2022 | Matt Kettman

Wine Enthusiast

Lightpost 2019 Saveria Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Rating 94 Points

Fresh black raspberry, hibiscus and sumac carry the nose of this expressive bottling, which gains complexity from an accent of fennel pollen. The snappy berry and plum-skin flavors meet with rose petals and cinnamon on the palate.


Time Posted: Mar 16, 2022 at 3:25 PM Permalink to Wine Enthusiast Permalink
Vivian Emberley
March 6, 2022 | Vivian Emberley

TASTING TRAVEL AT LIGHTPOST New Pinot Noirs won medals at competition - Laura Ness

What could be better than a great Pinot Noir? How about four of them? Hailing from as far away as San Luis Obispo and Russian River, and as near as the Santa Cruz Mountains, these wines really speak of place, and of winemaker Christian Roguenant’s eagerness to make them a snapshot of their vineyard birthplaces. I sat down with Christian and owner Sofia Fedotova to taste the latest Lightpost Winery Pinots, all of which won medals at the recent SF Chronicle Competition. The 2018 Russian River Pinot (Gold), Clone 2A and 667 from a vineyard in Guerneville, shows ripe berry, medium intensity, baking spice and soft cherry cola notes, making it an easy charmer. Heading south, the 2018 San Luis Obispo Pinot (Gold), also Clone 2A and 667, ups the ante with abundant earth, leather and savory aromas, and a wonderful structure, layered with dark cherry and chewy tannins, adding great length. The 2018 Spanish Springs Vineyard (Gold), hails from a 50-acre vineyard near Pismo Beach, and is made of 100 percent Swan clone, one of Christian’s favorites. This is a stunning red-headed beauty, exhibiting leather, incense, red cherry and cranberry, all wrapped in svelte tannin. 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. There’s sure a lot of Noir to be found at Lightpost. https://southvalley.com/tasting-travel-at-lightpost

Time Posted: Mar 6, 2022 at 11:42 AM Permalink to TASTING TRAVEL AT LIGHTPOST New Pinot Noirs won medals at competition - Laura Ness Permalink
Vivian Emberley
December 2, 2021 | Vivian Emberley

Congratulations to our Winemakers!

San Jose Mercury Artilcle - 
PUBLISHED: March 14, 2021 at 7:34 a.m. | UPDATED: March 15, 2021 at 3:45 a.m.
South Bay wineries rake in medals at competition

It’s always exciting when a local winery wins big in a local competition, and winning big this year in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was Lightpost Winery out of Morgan Hill for its 2018 Reserve Cabernet from Paso Robles, which tied with a Runquist syrah to win Best Red of Show.

Made by consulting winemaker Christian Roguenant, this was classic cabernet, with a whiff of ripe blackberries and rum balls, and flavors of chocolate-covered cherries and cassis, finishing with bold, yet supple, plush tannins.

I took these tasting notes as a judge in the competition, which this year was moved from January to the first week in March.

Another Lightpost wine, the outstanding 2019 Ferrari Vineyards pinot noir, was a Best of Class winner. It stood out for its mind-blowing aromatics of strawberry rhubarb pie, cedar and forest floor and its sensational acid core.

The week prior, another Lightpost cabernet, the 2019 “Sevastian” from the Santa Cruz Mountains, was in the sweepstakes round at the East Meets West Competition, garnering lots of support and attention from the judges for its tobacco, black pepper and fine leather aromas, and savory-sweet flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, tarragon and Hatch chile compote.


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Matt Kettman
July 1, 2021 | Matt Kettman

91 Points for our 2019 Grenache (San Luis Obispo County)

Tasting Notes The 2018 was a slow and cool ripening vintage. Grenache generally offers a medium color red with a concentrated nose of black and red cherry fruit jam, black pepper and minty spice. On the palate presents sweet black cherry balanced with dark plum skin, dark berries and delicate but rich tannins of sweet tobacco notes with a touch of pepper on the finish. Concentrated tannins and full midpalate bestow this youthful Grenache blend to be a long cellaring potential and age worthiness for over a decade.


Pairing suggestion: Rib eye and sirloin steak served rare to medium-rare. Barbecue lamb and venison cooked in a red wine sauce. Cheese such an aged cheddar or blue cheese. To end dinner on a classy note, try some fine creamy chocolate.


Time Posted: Jul 1, 2021 at 12:45 PM Permalink to 91 Points for our 2019 Grenache (San Luis Obispo County) Permalink
Joanne Wojdula
October 1, 2019 | Joanne Wojdula

Introducing our 2018 Albariño!

Hello everyone, I want to introduce to you our 2018 Albariño. 

Albariño is a white wine grape grown in the Northwest part of Spain called Galicia. Albariño is the Indo-European word for the grape, whereas In Portugal it is called Alvarinho or Cainho Branco. This grape was often blended with Godello, Caiño, Loureiro, Arinto, or Treixadura up until 1985. Albariño began to be commonly made into a varietal wine in 1986 after the Rias Baixas DO was established. The AVAs in California that grow Albariño are: Santa Ynez Valley, Clarksburg, Napa, Edna Valley and Los Carneros.

We harvest our Albariño from Jespersen Ranch and Morro View Vineyards:

Jespersen Ranch – This vineyard is located 30 miles south of Paso Robles in the Edna Valley AVA.  The first plantings of the vines were in 2006 and 2007, and an additional 31 acres were planted in 2012. This vineyard is part of the Niner Wine Estates. Since this vineyard is located 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it is heavily laid with fog a majority of the time.

Morro View Vineyards – This vineyard is also in the Edna Valley AVA, so its climate is similar to the one of Jespersen Ranch. This vineyard has steep slopes, promoting air drainage which is important for protecting against spring frosts.

Tasting notes of our 2018 Albariño:

It has a medium straw gold color, with distinctive aromas of lemon, apple and banana. You may also discover some hints of rose petal in the nose.  It has an elegant texture with almost briny minerality, with fresh flavors on the palate comprising of Asian pear, green apple, and citrus.  

Please come enjoy our 2018 Albariño at our tasting room!

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Sofia Fedotova
July 21, 2019 | Sofia Fedotova

We are excited to plant our Morgan Hill Estate Vineyard!

Our VSP (Vertical Shoot Position) trellis system for our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sofia checking the progress of the vineyard.


Time Posted: Jul 21, 2019 at 11:40 AM Permalink to We are excited to plant our Morgan Hill Estate Vineyard! Permalink Comments for We are excited to plant our Morgan Hill Estate Vineyard! Comments (2)