2004 Luna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley
($100; includes 7% cabernet franc and 3% merlot; from a vineyard on Crystal Springs Road, at an altitude of 1,200 feet) Good deep ruby. Bright, minerally nose combines cassis, black cherry, menthol, graphite, meat and bitter chocolate. Sweet, lush, dense and gripping; this is really packed with fruit. An impressively chewy, full cabernet that finishes with ripe tannins and terrific lingering sweetness of fruit. This vineyard is actually on the lower slopes of Howell Mountain. Superb.
2004 Luna Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
WINE SPECTATOR (June 15, 2007) James Laube
($80) Exquisite balance, with ripe, rich, concentrated fruit that’s deep and profound without being heavy. Tiers of currant, black cherry and smoky, toasty oak are well-proportioned, finishing with a long, integrated finish. Drink now through 2013. 800 cases
2005 Luna Vineyards Freakout White Wine California
($25; 32% sauvignon blanc, 29% chardonnay, 29% pinot grigio and 10% tocai friulano; the sauvignon and tocai are fermented with their skins and punched down like red wine) Medium gold. Rather oily aromas of orange, hay, nutmeg and floral oils. Rich, broad and spicy but maintains lovely penetration and cut. Gives an impression of sweet soft citrus fruit but this is definitely dry, at less than two grams r.s. per liter. Brisk acids and firm minerality extend the finish and give this wine considerable sex appeal. A very successful blend. Winemaker Mike Drash suggests pairing it with light fish and shellfish preparations done with cilantro or lime.