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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Luna Sangiovese 2007
Luna Sangiovese 2007
(search item no. 99017)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fermentation was allowed to occur naturally over a period of three weeks, using only native yeasts. The wine then spent another twenty-one days in an extended maceration before pressing. The extended skin contact allowed us to coax out the subtle nuances and midpalate texture that we strive for in our Sangiovese. Portions of the Merlot were blended in to contribute rich, berry flavors and Petite Sirah, for tannins, color stability and longer aging potential.
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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.