Lancaster Estate Vineyard and Winery is located in the southern part of the Alexander Valley near the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. This part of the AVA consistently enjoys warm, sunny days and cool nights. The grapes are able to fully ripen in the sun while the cooler nighttime temperatures help retain acidity. The result is smooth tannins framing ripe fruit flavors balanced by acidity.
Ted and Nicole Simpkins established the vineyard and winery in 1994. Mr. Simpkins was previously in the wine and liquor distribution business for over 30 years. The vineyard is planted with Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot on a remarkably versatile, 57 acre piece of property. David Elliot is the winemaker and specializes in Bordeaux blends with these grapes.
The 2002 Lancaster Estate Red Wine uses all 5 Bordeaux varietals. It is a blend of 88% Cab, 5% Cab Franc, 4% Malbec, 2% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. This is a masterpiece of a wine with ripe fruit and vanilla aromas. 2002 was an excellent year for Cab production in the Alexander Valley. The winery also makes two other predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blends.