Luna Vineyards, Napa CA $25.00 SRV (still selling at the vineyard for that price)
Purchased: Corvallis, OR 1-7-2014
Picked a bottle of this up when I returned the Luna Cabernet. I would have bought more (based on my past history with the Lunatic Red 2010 blend) but I was not willing to tempt fate again after the 2011 Cabernet. I should have risked it. This is nice.
Being a 2012, it’s a lot more lush than the 2010 blend. Slightly different configuration too. This one is: 50% Sangiovese (Mendocino), 27% Syrah (Tehama) and 23% Cabernet (Lodi). It’s not as spicy as the 2010. But it has got layers and the body is a bit more rounded.
The wine is fruit forward (typical of most of the CA 2012’s) but well supported with a bit of smoke and leather. Not so much in the way of earth, but definitely some bbq undertones, and not so far under that they are barely noticeable; the fruit is nicely balanced with the savory.
Nose: Red/black fruit
Taste: First taste is a lot of blackberry jam & bbq smoke, then as it mellows in the glass you get some of the cedar, hints of mocha and the leather I mentioned earlier. Later with more air, there’s black pepper and cocoa added to the mix. It evolved pretty quickly in the glass though (similar to the 2010), tasting almost fruit-sweet (less of the other layers) about 3 hrs after opening. That would be its one drawback in my opinion.
Body: Medium/full. Light to moderate tannins.
BW might find this too jammy, especially as it opens up. It’s not subtle but it’s not boring. Like I said, it’s rich/lush with layers of taste. If you like that (and I do), then for $5.99, I think it’s a bargain. Note that it is very much in the California style of wine, so if you prefer the subtler French blends, you might not appreciate it. For me, it’s a great option for a “daily drinker”.