Blend: 41% Chardonnay, 38% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Pinot Grigio, 8% Ribolla Gialla
Looking to challenge the traditional ways of Friuli winemaking
on the Italian-Slovenian border, maverick Italian winemakers
began experimenting with new styles of winemaking, creating
unique and exciting white wine blends. When Mike Drash,
Winemaker for Luna Vineyards in Napa Valley, tasted these
exotic white wines, you could say he freaked out.
The secret of Freakout is in the innovative winemaking. Each
varietal is treated individually, and then married together two
months before bottling, to create the ultimate blend.
promote the aromatics of the wine, the Chardonnay begins
fermentation in tanks before moving to French oak barrels.
Meanwhile, a small portion of the Sauvignon Blanc is fermented
on the skins like a red wine, and punched down twice a day
until fermentation is completed. The Pinot Grigio is fermented
in stainless steel for a crisp, lively finish. The distinctive Ribolla
Gialla from Vare Vineyard in Napa Valley is the only Ribolla
Gialla planted in the U.S. It is fermented in small oak barrels
and provides the wine weight, texture and minerality.
Treating each varietal separately creates a complex wine
with multiple layers of exotic fruit, soft citrus, honey and spice
that dance across your senses. Intense aromas of tropical fruit
and orange peel combine with rich flavors of dried apricot,
spice and toasted nuts to create a lush texture and brisk