Luna Winery Lunatic Red Wine and the Full Moon

A new wine label on my store’s shelf showcases cuffed hands in close-up black and white.  It is quite eye-catching; almost startling. 

Luna Winery names this red blend Lunatic… hmmm.  Crazy good wine?  Disturbingly delicious?  I don’t know.

This is what I do know.  “Lunatic” is actually defined as, “crazy, depending on the phase of the moon.”  I did drink it when the moon was exactly 100% of Full (Sunday, November 17).  And, call me crazy, I really liked this wine.

Lunatic is a non-typical blend of 68% Syrah, 23% Sangiovese, 6% Petite Sirah, and 3% Grenache.  Many of these grapes are sourced from cooler California counties, creating a wine that edges toward a leaner body. I found Lunatic to be full of fruit, but not overripe, jammy fruits as a result.

Lots of earthy aromas are present in this darkly-colored wine, including leather, cedar, smoke and currants. 

At the entry, the wine is soft with flavors of black cherry.  There is a pleasant fruit burst mid-palate with blackberry, plum and currant.  Some toasty oak and spice add to the fruits.  The finish is, dare I say it, crazy good!  Oak and spice, along with currant and sweet chocolate linger on together forever.

Some say the full moon makes people act a little crazy.  Other than two owls hooting on my rooftop,  nothing strange happened at all.  I simply enjoyed a solid, well-made wine that just happens to be named Lunatic, in the light of the full moon.

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