Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio, 2016. Luna Di Luna

Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio, 2016. Luna Di Luna

Item #: C0817W1II2
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio
Vineyard/Appellation: Tre-Venezie, Italy
Color: Medium Straw
Nose: Green Apple and Pear
Palate: Pear, Peach and Guava
Finish: Lovely Apple and Citrus
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2018/Seafood, Vegetarian/Alcohol: 12.0%

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Luna di Luna literally translates to "The Moon of Moons," but the inference is to reach for the moon. This is due to the fact that the winery, located in the Northern Italian area of Venezia, was one of the first wineries to blend white varietals together. Their goal was to make a wine that was greater than the sum of its parts. But they were called heretics and lunatics (cute play on words don't you think?) because they were messing with the strict principles of the area.

No matter. The public responded with resounding affirmation. Who cares if nobody had ever blended Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio before? The wine was downright delicious.

As a result, other wineries in the area started to experiment with blending grapes and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. While Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio are very well known, other grapes like Ribolla Gialla, Friulano and Verduzzo began creeping into blends, much to the delight of those who consumed them.

Luna di Luna made a name for itself over a quarter of a century ago with this wine. The blend works on several levels: it has the lightness of Pinot Grigio and the complexity of Chardonnay.

The aromas and flavors highlight both grapes with peach, pear and apple coming through. The flavors continue to the mid-palate and lead to a clean, crisp, citrus-driven finish.