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Luna 25th Anniversary

Celebrates 25 Years

The Year of Sangiovese

Sangiovese in the Napa Valley

It comes as a surprise to many that Sangiovese is the grape used for the well-known Chianti, made in the Tuscany region of Italy. With the wave of Italian immigrants in the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, producing Sangiovese in Sonoma and Napa Valley was common. As Cabernet became king, it soon replaced the Sangiovese varietal in the valley.

Luna's Legacy

2020 celebrates Luna’s 25th anniversary when in 1995, the winery was born at the foot of the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. The Luna team set out to produce cherished Italian varietals like Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese.

Leading The Way

Twenty-five years later, esteemed winemaker Shawna Miller and CEO Andre Crisp lead the winery with unique Sangiovese sourced from some of the best vineyard sites in Napa Valley, including Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville. In these shallow, rocky soils, the stressed vines produce superior quality Sangiovese.

With an ongoing passion for experimentation, Luna Vineyards dedicates itself to delivering exceptional quality, superior service, and a sustainable commitment to protect and preserve the valley’s abundance.

“We aim to make wines that are fun and food-friendly, and nothing represents that better than a versatile Italian wine. Sangiovese goes with every occasion and nearly every food item. That’s why we are celebrating Luna’s 25th anniversary, with the Year of Sangiovese.”

Shawna Miller, Chief Winemaker

Luna Black Label Sangiovese

Our Luna Black Label wines are available to Wine Club members,
at our estate winery, and online

2016 Sangiovese Whole Cluster
2016 Sangiovese Whole Cluster

Our 2016 Whole Cluster Sangiovese comes from high atop Atlas Peak Mountain. Adding a portion of stems in the fermentation contributes to herbal elements on the nose and gives a slightly different mouthfeel than our traditional Sangiovese fermentation methods.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Sangiovese

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This wine originated as an experiment using the fermentation techniques from our Pinot Noir. The result was delightful enough to bottle on its own for you to try.

The 2016 vintage experienced ideal growing conditions that produced perfectly balanced and condensed fruit.

Tasting Notes

In addition to the classic Sangiovese aromas, whole cluster adds in earthiness, mushroom & dried herbs such as sage

Vinification

Fermented at warm temperatures in small stainless steel bins with 30% stem inclusion (aka whole cluster)

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2017 Sangiovese Riserva
2017 Sangiovese Riserva

Our 2017 Sangiovese Riserva comes from the Game Farm Vineyard on the Silverado Trail below Rector Creek Dam in Oakville. This vineyard has continuously produced the extraordinary grapes selected for our Sangiovese. It was chosen for its Brunello clone and shallow, rocky soil. In these soils, the stressed vines produce the superior quality Sangiovese.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Sangiovese

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The 2017 vintage experienced yields resulting in condensed fruit flavors and bold tannins that allow for great aging potential.

Tasting Notes

Dried cherry, cedar, and lavender on the nose; velvety blackberry and plums on the palate; flavors of vanilla and lightly dusted cocoa powder on the finish

Vinification

Warm temperature malolactic fermentation, 70% New French and Hungarian oak barrels for 20 months

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2016 Sangiovese Classico
2016 Sangiovese Classico

Our 2016 Sangiovese Classico comes from a variety of prized vineyards including the Game Farm Vineyard on the Silverado Trail below Rector Creek Dam. In these shallow, rocky soils the stressed vines produce superior quality Sangiovese. Additionally, we source Sangiovese from cooler regions throughout Napa Valley.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Sangiovese

Accolades

90

pts

90 points - 12th Annual American Fine Wine Competition

90

pts

90 points - 13th Annual American Fine Wine Competition

91

pts

Gold - 91 points - 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition

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The 2016 vintage experienced ideal growing conditions which produced perfectly balanced and condensed fruit. This wine is perfectly approachable at a young age, however it will keep improving for the next five to seven years.

Tasting Notes

Violets, chocolate raspberries, black pepper, and vanilla on the nose; Vanilla, toffee, and cherry cola on the palate

Vinification

Warm temperature malolactic fermentation, 30% new French and Hungarian oak barrels for 20 months

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2016 Canto Super Tuscan
2016 Canto Super Tuscan

Our signature red wine blend, Canto is the culmination of an inspired vision, skillful winemaking and an intuitive search for the finest grapes.

Appellation

Oakville & Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

Blend

50% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot

Accolades

91

pts

91 points - 12th Annual American Fine Wine Competition

92

pts

92 points - James Suckling

93

pts

Gold, Best of Class - 93 points - 2020 International Women's Wine Competition

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Traditionally, Canto has been a "Super Tuscan" blend at Luna Vineyards. In 2016, we combined reserve selection Sangiovese from the Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville with Merlot from Howell Mountain, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Atlas Peak.

All of our fruit was handpicked and sorted before going into the crusher, which gently crushes the berries. They are then sorted by hand a second time, ensuring that only the best grapes make it into the wine. We allowed a very warm fermentation, to extract the most possible flavor, texture, and color from the grapes.

The 2016 Canto has a dark, inky hue complemented by velvety, cocoa infused tannins. The tannin structure will allow this wine to age gracefully to 2025 and beyond.

Tasting Notes

Dark berries, anise, clove, vanilla and cedar on the nose; blackberry, mocha, nutmeg, toffee, and wild blueberries on the palate

Vinification

Lots aged separately in oak barrels for 20 months

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2019 Minuet Sangiovese Rosé
2019 Minuet Sangiovese Rosé

With its playful mix of red fruits & berries, and tantalizing acidity, Luna's 2019 Minuet Sangiovese Rosé is nothing shy of summertime in a glass.

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Appellation

Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

Blend

100% Sangiovese

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This rosé was made with a blend of fruit from Atlas Peak Sangiovese and northern Calistoga using the saignée method after 6 hours of skin contact. These two vineyards produce beautiful, varietally correct Sangiovese making this "Rosato" Rosé a fun and feminine prelude to the barrel aged full-bodied wines.

Luna's 2019 Sangiovese Rosé wine is full of strawberry and watermelon.

Tasting Notes

Notes of dried cherries and watermelon. Finish of strawberry and basil.

Vinification

100% stainless steel

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Luna Winemaker's Reserve

Available at fine restaurants and retailers nationwide

2017 Sangiovese
2017 Sangiovese

Hailing from our favorite vineyards in Napa Valley, our 2017 Sangiovese is crafted with a blend of Hungarian & French oak for a silky texture that highlights the traditional flavors of dark berries, cherry cola, and subtle clove spice.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Blend

100% Sangiovese

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Tasting Notes

This wine begins with the perfumed aromas of violets, chocolate raspberries with hints of black pepper and vanilla. The big fruit flavors of cherry continue on the palate in a full-bodied manner with a touch of vanilla and toffee.

Vinification

40% New French & Hungarian Oak, 60% Neutral Oak

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