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Luminary American Red Blend 2012

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Winemaker Notes

The 2012 debut vintage of Luminary includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Napa Valley; Syrah from Horse Heaven Hills, Washington and Edna Valley, California; and Zinfandel from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. The winemakers at Luminary feel these regions offer the best representation of their respective varietals. Bottled alone, each offers impeccable character. Blended together, they become a whole new work of art.

Elegantly structured with soft, round tannins, the 2012 debut release of Luminary boasts vibrant impressions of cherries and berries as well as fragrant spice notes of cinnamon, smoke and toast. Deep, rich layers of fruit, sweet cream, cocoa and spice expand on a palate, which is beautifully concentrated but balanced by bright acid and subtle wood nuances.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
As incredible as it seems, the Luminary successfully shows a synergy of four separate regions and four different winemakers. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot, one would have thought this was nothing more than a "kitchen sink" red. But no, the 2012 Liminary serves up brisk red fruit aromas and flavors and exhibits an excellent presence on the palate; lively and refined in the finish. They say that this is a work of art. They are absolutely right; this is an impressive piece of work.
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For generations, New World winemaking in America has followed Old World rules. Those rules established that wines, even those that feature multiple varietals, should be crafted from fruit from one particular region or state. Luminary has come together in this collaboration with the goal of turning this philosophy on its head to redefine the idea of an American estate red blend.

At each of the Luminary properties, they share a commitment to the preeminent appellations and vineyard sites of each region and a philosophy of handcrafted quality. With the highest respect for the land, each property produces distinct varietal wines that reflect the finest characteristics of their places of origin. The collection of world renowned properties across California, Oregon and Washington provides a diverse palate of estate vineyards from which to create a single wine.

Introducing Luminary, the first American wine to cross state lines and blend fruit from four carefully curated, iconic properties in four renowned appellations through a collaborative effort to create something one-of-a-kind.

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From Alabama to Wyoming, each of the fifty US states produces wine—with varying degrees of success. Many of the colder northeastern states focus primarily on American or French-American hybrid varieties like Concord and Vidal, while Muscadine is the grape species of the warm, humid southeast. In Alaska, grapes are grown indoors in greenhouses; other states specialize in fruit wines, like the pineapple wine of Hawaii. New York and Virginia have thriving wine industries, and New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Idaho, and Ohio are all worth keeping an eye on.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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