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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Luna Merlot 2006
Luna Merlot 2006
(search item no. 95729)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2006 Napa Valley Merlot is an intense ruby red. The nose is filled with scents of tangerines, roses, and tobacco. The mid-palate is a tightly integrated mixture of blackberries, plums, and leather. Fine-grained tannins and great acidity hold the wine together as the finish melts into earthy cocoa and cassis. This Merlot will be at its peak from 2013 through 2016.
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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.