Luna Vineyards, Napa CA
Purchased: Corvallis, OR 1-5-2015
Well, if anyone was going to buy this, it would be me. I fell in love with the 2010 Lunatic Red blend at GO. I’m surprised that no one here ever reviewed it…but this is a refresher for those that missed it; also, loved the 2011 Lunatic white blend that Lim13 reviewed. We ended up purchasing a case of the red blend from GO and another from another store when GO ran out, as well as a case of the white. Still have a few bottles of each left and they are still drinking beautifully. Both are blends done by the Luna Vineyards. That just sets up why I broke my cardinal rule (“only buy one bottle at a time at GO”) and bought 4 bottles of their Cabernet, today, before tasting.
I can’t seem to link to the fact sheet but the 2011 Luna Cabernet is on the bottom of the page (from the Luna link at the top of this review). I’m guessing that they are showing the Black Label Reserve for the price of $60 a bottle. This red label is not shown on the site….but it does give you an idea of what their wines go for in a retail setting.
Now my question to you all…have you ever come across a GO wine that did not at all taste like it’s varietal? Like it was mis-labeled? Because I wonder if this one was…
Color: Burgundy/red, somewhat transparent.
Body: Much lighter than I would expect from a Napa Cab.
Nose: Raspberry, chocolate, floral. Really nice.
Taste: At room temp-rather tart-ish raspberry, cherry, coffee and a bit of white pepper. Very fruit forward but not a heavy, weighty Cabernet. Low acidity. Not a lot of dimensions here upon first opening so we closed it and chilled it a bit (liked it a lot better chilled, more plum notes). Moderate alcohol heat.
While this is a drinkable wine, I’m not sure where or how it will satisfy those who specifically love or are looking for a Cabernet. For a “big” Napa Cabernet lover (like myself), the body is too light, it’s too fruity and there’s not much in the way of layers of taste. For the “old country” style red wine lover, the acidity is low but the fruit is so forward that you would never mistake it for old world style either. It appears to be another Misfit Wine on the Isle of Misfit Wines of GO. Now as I said, I did buy more than one bottle so I will definitely update if that is just a freak variation.
Again, I think it’s a suitable red wine (being on the tarter/lighter side) for foods that you would normally pair Chianti or Sangiovese (it’s a lot like California Sangiovese to me, bit too dark in color though). I had to take a step back after my first taste and try to evaluate it for what it is, rather than what I think it should be; and to be honest, if I tasted this wine blind (and had to choose btw. Cab or Sangiovese) I would think it was their 2012 Sangiovese (red label…this wine tastes like how they describe that wine). It does make me honestly wonder if it was mislabeled.
Basically I have no idea how to classify this one. That’s why the review is so long. Hopefully the tasting notes will let you know if you want to try it or not.
I have to say that I was hoping for great things again from Luna and was a bit disappointed here.