Luna Vineyards Bags Four Awards at a Wine Competition
Luna Vineyards, hailing from the famous Napa Valley won four awards at the London Wine Competition
The Luna Vineyards was founded in 1995, when the owners came across the Luna property and in an instant recognized the vast potential it had. They bought the property, located along the Silverado trail, and established a winery that was a tribute to the varietals that set the Napa Valley apart from others. While abiding by the processes that set Napa Valley apart, Luna Vineyards also became the first winery to bring the Italian varietal Pinot Grigio to the Silverado trail.
At the 2018 London Wine Competition, Luna Vineyards was among the top winners as it won four awards across the various categories. The awards won by Luna Vineyards were:
Gold Medal: The 2016 Chardonnay from Luna Vineyards was scored 91 points by the judges and went on to win a gold medal at the competition
Silver Medal: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a silver medal with an overall score of 76 points.
Best in Show (Country): The 2016 Chardonnay was also adjudged as the best wine from the United States of America for its prolific score of 91 points.
Best in Show (by Varietal): Another category award that the 2016 Chardonnay won was the Best in Show (by Varietal) award. A huge honor as the wine was declared the best Chardonnay at the competition.
At the vineyard, the farming techniques used are those that help in sustaining the rich and bio-diverse ecosystem of the estate. They believe that the most important part of winemaking takes place at the vineyard. The winemaking team at the Luna Vineyards has a deep respect for the land and thus believes in using minimum amounts of fertilizers and tilling the lands to a minimum.
The 2016 Chardonnay is a full bodied expression of the varietal and comes from the estate vineyard along the Napa River. The grapes used benefit from the sandy and well-drained soil and are protected by the early morning fog and thus ripen slowly. This results in the grapes developing a complex flavour. The nose has notes of caramel, marzipan and spiced apples.
The 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of currants, cedar, vanilla, and cocoa on the nose and is full of elegance and finesse. The warm temperatures and low rainfall produced extremely low yields which resulted in concentrated wines with distinct tannins.