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Blend: 41% Chardonnay, 38% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Pinot Grigio, 8% Ribolla Gialla
Looking to challenge the traditional ways of Friuli winemaking
on the Italian-Slovenian border, maverick Italian winemakers
began experimenting with new styles of winemaking, creating
unique and exciting white wine blends. When Mike Drash,
Winemaker for Luna Vineyards in Napa Valley, tasted these
exotic white wines, you could say he freaked out.
The secret of Freakout is in the innovative winemaking. Each
varietal is treated individually, and then married together two
months before bottling, to create the ultimate blend.
promote the aromatics of the wine, the Chardonnay begins
fermentation in tanks before moving to French oak barrels.
Meanwhile, a small portion of the Sauvignon Blanc is fermented
on the skins like a red wine, and punched down twice a day
until fermentation is completed. The Pinot Grigio is fermented
in stainless steel for a crisp, lively finish. The distinctive Ribolla
Gialla from Vare Vineyard in Napa Valley is the only Ribolla
Gialla planted in the U.S. It is fermented in small oak barrels
and provides the wine weight, texture and minerality.
Treating each varietal separately creates a complex wine
with multiple layers of exotic fruit, soft citrus, honey and spice
that dance across your senses. Intense aromas of tropical fruit
and orange peel combine with rich flavors of dried apricot,
spice and toasted nuts to create a lush texture and brisk
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,...Read More About Luna
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
Other White Wine
While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about...
Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain,
Rias Baixas (in Galacia),
this grape is loved by almost
all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is
aromatically intense...Read More About Other White Blends
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