Moonlight and wine craftsmanship provide the magic that goes into a bottle of Luna Vineyard’s 2010 pinot grigio ($12.99).
The majority of the pinot grigio fruit (92 percent) comes from established Napa Valley vineyards plus 8 percent albarino grapes from Monterey County add more magic. The addition of this Spanish grape – a delicate “fruit and flower” scented white varietal – enhances and inserts zippiness into the wine.
All of the wine was whole-cluster pressed the same day that the grapes were picked to gain greater acidity and a full mouth feel. The juice was fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks.
Luna’s pinot grigio has a lovely honey opalescent hue in the glass with floral, cantaloupe and citrus aromas. Nectarine, honeysuckle and bright fruit flavors tempt the palate followed by a creamy vanilla finish and traditional minerality.
The wine opens up within the first 20 minutes of opening and seduces another sip.
Red meats and rich sauces would overpower this delicate, albeit sturdy, selection. This pinot grigio is the perfect match for light dishes such as creamy rice with asparagus, summer salads with smoked trout, minced chicken lettuce wraps, mild yellow cheeses and sliced peaches.
Luna also produces high quality sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, merlot and a later harvest dessert wine.