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2020 Le Lunes Wine 'Astral Blend'

2020 Le Lunes Wine 'Astral Blend'

Region: Sonoma + Mendocino County < CA

Grapes: 20% Pinot noir, Bottage Vineyard, Los Carneros, Sonoma County 6% Zinfandel, Kimberly Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County 23% Zinfandel Rosé, Bruce Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County 16% Carbonic Zinfandel, Marcheschi Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County 11% Sangiovese, Marcheschi Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County 17% Chenin blanc, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County 7% French Colombard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County

Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic, dry farming; Bottage Pinot was hand-destemmed and macerated for a short 5 days. The Kimberly Zinfandel was hand destemmed and pressed at dryness (2 weeks). The Bruce Zinfandel rose was harvested, pressed directly and fermented in stainless steel. The Marcheschi Zinfandel underwent a short, 1 week, carbonic maceration. The Marcheschi Sangiovese was hand destemmed and macerated for two weeks and pressed at dryness. The Chenin blanc was directly pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Likewise with the Colombard. The components aged in a mixture of high-density polyethylene and neutral French oak barrels; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 18ppm So2; 12.5% ABV

Winemaker: Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig

Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig are one of the OG natty California winemaking duo, making Les Lunes and Populis wines for nearly a decade.  They farm and manage over 8 acres of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma themselves, in order to ensure 100% organic, zero-input fruit. And their production facility is literally the basement of Shaunt’s parents’ house in Orinda, just east of Berkeley, which allows them to produce wine without the interference of other wineries’ yeasts or influences. As opposed to the classic profiles of their Les Lunes estates wines, their cosmos series is meant to be lighter and more quaffable.  The Astral Blend is a kitchen sink wine, made up of 7 different red and white grapes, with the idea being to "break through people’s conception of white/red/orange and make a wine that defies classification".

Their thinking goes like this: "The Astral Plane is the metaphysical boundary that separates the earth from the heavens. One must shed the norms and accepted traditions in order to free one’s mind to break through this plane into the heavens. The combination of rosé, white, and red wines creates a category-less wine that subverts definition. Les Lunes Wine has always focused on vineyards and farming. The wines are structured, elegant and age-able. Astral Blend demonstrates a more playful side of our in-house farmed vineyards. Through shorter macerations and aging the wine showcases the incredible fruit potential created by their thoughtful organic farming."
We're so down with this, and with the lovely, ethereal Astral Blend, which falls somewhere between a deep pink rosé and a fresh, chillable red.  Juicy with a candied red and purple fruit character, it tastes like ripe berries plucked from the forest, with a little earth still clinging to them.  With perky acidity and barely-there tannins, it might be the most perfect picnic red.  
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