The Luke Donald Collection
Luke Donald Collection wines are the result of a long-standing friendship between two men who have a passion for excellence. Bill Terlato and Luke Donald share a passion for excellence on the golf course, and a deep appreciation for quality wines.
The Terlato-Donald friendship has resulted in a new Napa Valley wine partnership with Terlato Wines International. The first release in April 2008, was a Claret-style red wine blend. A Carneros Chardonnay was then released in spring 2009.
The grapes used in crafting Luke Donald Claret are 100% Napa Valley fruit, sourced primarily from renowned vineyards in the Rutherford and Stags Leap District appellations, known for consistently delivering wines of exceptional quality year after year. The Luke Donald Chardonnay is classically Burgundian in style and comes from a lovely sloped vineyard facing San Pablo Bay, the coolest part of Carneros.
Luke Donald plays an active role in crafting the wines that bear his name. His personal involvement in the blending makes the wines original and unique; wines that best reflect his own personality and style. Luke’s personal style is also reflected in the non-traditional, contemporary labels, which connect with today’s luxury wine consumers.
For wine drinkers who share Luke’s passion for culture and competitive spirit, LDC delivers wines that reflect Luke’s own sense of style, taste and artistic expression.
Handcrafted in a traditional European style, Luke Donald Claret marries a rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It is ruby red in color, concentrated with aromas of black fruit (blackberry and black cherry), well layered with spicy notes. This wine has complex flavor intensity and well balanced on the palate. Black cherry and plum flavors present with a hint of coffee bean and dark chocolate. The lush texture and velvety tannins create a persistent, elegant finish.
Born and raised in England, Luke has an affinity for the great white Burgundies of France. This is the inspiration behind his Luke Donald Collection Chardonnay from Carneros, a wine that reflects Luke’s passion for elegant, well-balanced Chardonnay. Light straw in color, the LDC Chardonnay has the aroma of caramel and apple, with notes of Citrus Blossom. It has balanced acidity, with a long, bright finish and wonderful minerality on the palate notes of vanilla, layered with honey and golden apple.
Sourced exclusively from the iconic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County, this exotic cool climate, aromatic Viognier was produced by hand harvested meticulously farmed grapes, whole cluster pressed, then fermented using a combination of stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels.
After aging in barrel, this Viognier increased in varietal character as well as gained concentration on the palate. The finished wine is bursting with floral notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and nectarine. On the palate the floral flavors are balanced with bright fruit and crisp acid leading to a long finish. This wine will pair well with Asian and Mediterranean dishes.