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Luna Vineyards Sangiovese Napa Valley 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Vineyard - The majority of the fruit in our 2005 Sangiovese comes from grapes grown at the Game Farm Vineyard, on the valley floor in Oakville. The other two vineyards are situated at the base of Howell Mountain, at an elevation of 500 feet. Brunello clone vines were used, as well as several older clones. The soil in all three vineyards is shallow, rocky and volcanic. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The fruit was harvested over a period of 10 days in October, at an average of 25.5 degrees Brix, under ideal growing conditions. Winemaking - As with all of our wines, the fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, without any added yeasts or acids. Fermentation lasted 3 weeks, with another 21 days of maceration before pressing. The extended skin contact allowed us to coax out the subtle nuances and mid-palate texture that we strive for in our Sangiovese. Portions of Howell Mountain Merlot and Stagecoach Merlot were blended in to polish the wine and soften the finish. Finally, we added 5% Petite Sirah to the mix, for color stability and longer aging capability. The wine was aged in 25% new, and 75% once-used, French oak barrels, for 15 months. Most of the barrels were from Billon, with a few Bossuet and Radoux for their spice. This Sangiovese was bottled without fining or filtering, at an alcohol content of 15.2%. Tasting Notes - Our 2005 Napa Valley Sangiovese is the color of garnets, a deep and vibrant crimson. On the nose, there are enticing aromas of Bing cherries and spicy white pepper. The palate is filled with the sweet-tart flavor of rhubarb, accented by anise, rosemary and rose petals. The robust, velvety tannins linger for several minutes on the finish, like chocolate laced with red raspberries. This memorable wine should drink well through 2013. The majority of the fruit in our 2005 Sangiovese comes from grapes grown at the Game Farm Vineyard, on the valley floor in Oakville. The other two vineyards are situated at the base of Howell Mountain, at an elevation of 500 feet. Brunello clone vines were used, as well as several older clones. The soil in all three vineyards is shallow, rocky and volcanic. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The fruit was harvested over a period of 10 days in October, at an average of 25.5 degrees Brix, under ideal growing conditions.

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Luna Vineyards:
Walk through the wrought iron gate and enter another world. Drink in the rustic beauty of olive trees, towering poplars, and leafy oaks that landscape the grounds surrounding our estate's Italianate architecture. Be transported by our spectacular setting to another time, another place while enjoying every moment of the here and now that Luna Vineyards offers. When George Vare and Mike Moone fi... Read more
Walk through the wrought iron gate and enter another world. Drink in the rustic beauty of olive trees, towering poplars, and leafy oaks that landscape the grounds surrounding our estate's Italianate architecture. Be transported by our spectacular setting to another time, another place while enjoying every moment of the here and now that Luna Vineyards offers. When George Vare and Mike Moone first laid eyes on the Luna property in 1995, they instantly recognized the magic, and the amazing potential, of its estate vineyards. Plus, it was perfectly located along the Silverado Trail. So they bought the property and followed their dream, building a winery that paid tribute to the varietals that set Napa Valley apart. They also planted visionary varietals like Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese, which weren’t then well known in Napa Valley. Read less

Vineyard - The majority of the fruit in our 2005 Sangiovese comes from grapes grown at the Game Farm Vineyard, on the valley floor in Oakville. The other two vineyards are situated at the base of Howell Mountain, at an elevation of 500 feet. Brunello clone vines were used, as well as several older clones. The soil in all three vineyards is shallow, rocky and volcanic. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The fruit was harvested over a period of 10 days in October, at an average of 25.5 degrees Brix, under ideal growing conditions. Winemaking - As with all of our wines, the fermentation was allowed to occur naturally, without any added yeasts or acids. Fermentation lasted 3 weeks, with another 21 days of maceration before pressing. The extended skin contact allowed us to coax out the subtle nuances and mid-palate texture that we strive for in our Sangiovese. Portions of Howell Mountain Merlot and Stagecoach Merlot were blended in to polish the wine and soften the finish. Finally, we added 5% Petite Sirah to the mix, for color stability and longer aging capability. The wine was aged in 25% new, and 75% once-used, French oak barrels, for 15 months. Most of the barrels were from Billon, with a few Bossuet and Radoux for their spice. This Sangiovese was bottled without fining or filtering, at an alcohol content of 15.2%. Tasting Notes - Our 2005 Napa Valley Sangiovese is the color of garnets, a deep and vibrant crimson. On the nose, there are enticing aromas of Bing cherries and spicy white pepper. The palate is filled with the sweet-tart flavor of rhubarb, accented by anise, rosemary and rose petals. The robust, velvety tannins linger for several minutes on the finish, like chocolate laced with red raspberries. This memorable wine should drink well through 2013. The majority of the fruit in our 2005 Sangiovese comes from grapes grown at the Game Farm Vineyard, on the valley floor in Oakville. The other two vineyards are situated at the base of Howell Mountain, at an elevation of 500 feet. Brunello clone vines were used, as well as several older clones. The soil in all three vineyards is shallow, rocky and volcanic. In these soils, the Sangiovese struggles to produce the highest quality grapes possible. The fruit was harvested over a period of 10 days in October, at an average of 25.5 degrees Brix, under ideal growing conditions.

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