Luna Freakout White Wine 2005

White Blends from California

Item No. 90996
  • white wine
  • Green wine
  • ST92

Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Freakout is a wine inspired by the exotic white wine blends from the Friuli region of Northeastern Italy. The fruit for the 2005 Freakout is a blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Tocai Friulano and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes were sourced from top locations, including the Luna Vineyards Estate, and Elsa's Vineyard in Napa Valley. The grapes were chosen for their diverse flavor characteristics and varying acid structure, with the intention to create an exquisite blend.

The nose on the 2005 Freakout reveals a layer of minerals, with intense floral notes floating above it. Swirl the glass, and other aromas arise: toasted pecans, almonds, and pine nuts surround the floral notes, creating a complex but precise bouquet. The wine is big in the mouth from the ripe, smooth tannins of the skin fermentation, reminiscent of the creamy texture of panna cotta. The flavors recall baked goods more than fruit, yet the wine still preserves excellent acidity. The midpalate suggests kiwi and super-ripe pineapple. The finish is persistent, showing off the minerality and well-defined acidity of the wine.

"(32% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Grigio and 10% Tocai Friulano; the Sauvignon and Tocai are fermented with their skins and punched down like red wine) Medium gold. Rather oily aromas of orange, hay, nutmeg and floral oils. Rich, broad and spicy but maintains lovely penetration and cut. Gives an impression of sweet soft citrus fruit but this is definitely dry, at less than two grams r.s. per liter. Brisk acids and firm minerality extend the finish and give this wine considerable sex appeal. A very successful blend. Winemaker Mike Drash, who describes this wine as 'less oxidative and Gravner-like in '05,' suggests pairing it with light fish and shellfish preparations done with cilantro or lime. Incidentally, there will be some Ribolla Gialla in the blend in 2006."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
92 Points

Learn About Luna Map ItMap It

Luna Vineyards was founded in 1995 by George Vare and Mike Moone. Both Vare and Moone have been Presidents of major California wineries and important influences in the California wine industry since the mid-1960's.The founders purchased the St. Andrews winery, located at the foot of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, and set out to produce Italian varietal wines - Pinot Grigio,...

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Learn About Other California

California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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Learn About Other White Blends

Other White Wine While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about... Albarino Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain, Rias Baixas (in Galacia), this grape is loved by almost all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is aromatically intense...

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