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2019 Les Lunes Wine Barra Vineyard Chardonnay: Mendocino County, California


Tasting Notes

This wonderful west coast Chardonnay greets you with its hazy, pale-yellow hue, and on entry introduces you to its medium to full body character! This wine comes with pleasant toasty notes to accompany the lemon and pineapple on the nose. Some cream and brioche on the palate with driving acidity.

Winery Details

Sam Baron and Shaunt Oungoulian are two young California wine makers dedicated to remaining California wine makers. Sam Grew up in a winemaking family working in vineyards from a young age. After his studies at UC Davis, Sam staged in Burgundy, spent some time in San Francisco retail, and assisted Chris Brockway. Shaunt trained in chemistry at UC Berkeley but then studied oenology at Davis where he developed a love for natural wine. This led him to stage with Philippe Valette, and in turn led us to Les Lunes with endorsement from Valette.

The two are now tending vines in Paso Robles of San Luis Obispo, and driving the grapes to their wine cellar in Orinda in the East Bay to make these juicy wines.

The same family has owned and farmed Barra Vineyard for generations. The Barra Family was farming their vineyards organically before the term even existed!

Sam and Shaunt are also part of the team of Populis Wines, along with Martha Stoumen and Diego Roig.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Les Lunes Wine

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Style: White, Still

Origin: Barra Vineyard, Mendocino County, California, USA; vinified in Orinda, CA, USA

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested. Whole clusters were pressed and allowed to ferment using only indigenous yeast and bacteria. No sulfur was added to the wine at any time during the fermentation, aging or bottling period. The wine fermented in neutral French oak barrels and aged sur lies for 11 months prior to bottling.

Aging: Aged in neutral French oak barrels on the lies for 11 months.

% ABV: 12%