Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2008
Pinot Gris/Grigio from California
The 2008 Pinot Grigio is a pale golden color. The nose is scented with grapefruit and pear, and on the palate citrus come to the forefront. Mango and orange zest are accented by notes of guava and a pronounced minerality. The wonderful acidity and full-bodied texture carry through to a delicious lemony finish with hints of apricot.
International Wine Cellar - "Aromas of buttery stone fruits and flowers; subtle and not particularly showy today. Supple, ripe and smooth, if a bit warm. A sweet hint of nuts may be from the 2% sauvignon blanc component. This broad, easygoing wine offers a rather full texture but could use a bit more definition and personality."
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. View all Luna Vineyards Wines
About Other CaliforniaView a map of Other California wineries
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 wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few. Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review32.9 out of 5 stars
10 ratings, 5 with reviews44/25/2012
This is a very easy-to-drink wine, it's nice, good, and safe to bring to a party where you aren't sure of what style wines people like to drink. But, I think the Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino is a much better wine for about the same price.SoCo - Trinidad, CO32/25/2012Virginiais4winelovers - Midlothian, VA32/2/2012Virginiais4winelovers - Midlothian, VA32/2/2012Seena Spencer - Buffalo, WY41/25/2012Desmond Clark - Dothan, AL41/19/2012
- Light & Crisp
this was a very good wine -- a bit fruity -- but I enjoyed it --- not usually a white wine person -- however this was good!38/30/201134/15/2011
- Fruity & Smooth
A good light summer daily drinking wine34/5/2011
- Light & Crisp
Good but not great. At $9.99 it was a fair price but at $14.29 I would definitely pass. It is better with food. High alcohol keeps it from being a good summer quaffer.29/1/2010I liked the 2007 vintage but the 2008 has a slightly odd taste. Somewhat reminiscent of duck pate. Will not buy it again. At least Luna's Pinot Grigio is flavorful - not watery like some Pinot Grigios can be.
- Rich & Creamy