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Date Printed: 11/24/2014
Luna Freakout White Wine 2005
Luna Freakout White Wine 2005
(search item no. 90996)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2014: $22.99

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

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About Luna Vineyards:

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, Sangiovese and Merlot.

In 1996, after 20 years experience with other wineries, the last 13 at Newton Vineyards where he established himself in the forefront of Napa Valley winemakers, Winemaster John Kongsgaard joined Luna as Vice President and partner. John is particularly noted for his outstanding Merlots and spent seven years in collaboration with Michel Rolland from Bordeaux perfecting winemaking techniques in the Napa region.

With a passion for Italian wines combined with a desire to live slightly on the edge, John happily joined Luna. He was excited by the opportunity to travel to the "Old World" and learn how to adapt their traditional and new techniques for growing grapes and making wine from Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio.