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Date Printed: 11/24/2015
Luna Pinot Grigio 2006
Luna Pinot Grigio 2006
(search item no. 91645)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/24/2015: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 95% Pinot Grigio, 5% Chardonnay

The 2006 Pinot Grigio is a star-bright, light straw color, and its nose has wonderful aromas of pear, peach and apricot. This is a delicious, full-bodied wine with a forward surge of lemon zest and pine nut flavors. On the palate, there are notes of citrus, fig, pear, pineapple and a faint hint of oak. Notes of honeysuckle and orange marmalade close out the finish. This wine is delightful to drink now, and will continue to be at its peak through the end of 2008.

"Slightly yeasty aromas of yellow plum, pear and tropical fruits. Fresh and fruit-driven, with lively acidity giving the middle palate a firmness. I find the saline minerality and subtle florality here to be quite intriguing. Finishes firm-edged, almost tannic, but without bitterness. Drash recommends pairing this wine with scallops or calamari."
-International Wine Cellar

My Notes:

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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.