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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Luna Sangiovese 2008
Luna Sangiovese 2008
(search item no. 108273)
green wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 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:

The backbone of our 2008 Sangiovese comes from the Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville. The vineyard lies in dense, stony subsoil that mimics mountain growing conditions. It was selected for its Brunello clone and shallow, rocky soil. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The balance of the grapes were grown in the heart of the Napa Valley. The 2008 harvest was nearly ideal with picking beginning earlier than average.

Our 2008 Napa Valley Sangiovese is a deep garnet color. Perfumed aromas of raspberries, black cherries, lilacs, and rose petals come forward on the nose. The Merlot supports a chewy currant core on the mid-palate, accented by chocolate and hints of sandalwood. An interesting mineral note appears on the back of the palate, and firm, silky tannins hold the wine together. The finish is a lush thirty second trail of perfectly ripe, Bing cherries.

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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.