An Imitation of No One
In Washington state, the place to concentrate on bold red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, is the Wahluke Slope. LUKE Columbia Valley is named for this sub-AVA of Columbia Valley, with each varietal’s fruit sourced from its own selection of distinct vineyards. Protected from wet weather by both the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, Columbia Valley vineyards enjoy warm and dry conditions in the eastern part of the state, and the Wahluke Slope has one of the two warmest microclimates within the AVA. Wines made from grapes grown here are ripe and full-bodied with pure varietal fruit flavors.
The Wahluke Slope vineyards that bear the hallmark of great Washington wines are what Thomas and Kristin Vogele sought to harness in creating LUKE wines in 2012. These two Seattle natives utilized their wine business experience to fulfill their vision of crafting a Washington wine evocative of both the region’s top quality potential and its true character, and quickly gained for LUKE a solid presence in the market.
The wines’ brisk climb to success is spurred by their packaging and consistent 90+ point accolades. LUKE’s identity is both strong and iconic with an authentic human connection. As a metaphor for the human spirit of the great American West, LUKE taps the hero in all of us. And, LUKE indeed holds to its own high standard: the 2017 LUKE Cabernet Sauvignon is one of only two domestic Cabernets under $20 to achieve a 92-point score from Wine Spectator over the last few years.