Overview: The Astral Plane is the metaphysical boundary that separates the earth from the heavens. One must shed the norms and accepted traditions in order to free one’s mind to break through this plane into the heavens. The combination of rosé, white, and red wines creates a category-less wine that subverts definition. Les Lunes Wine has always focused on vineyards and farming. The wines are structured, elegant and age-able. The 2020 Astral Blend is a slightly different interpretation of Les Lunes’ estate vineyards in that the intention of the wine is to be light, fresh, and quaffable. This wine demonstrates a more playful side of their in-house farmed vineyards. Through shorter macerations and aging the wine showcases the incredible fruit potential created by their thoughtful organic farming.
20% Pinot noir, Bottage Vineyard, Los Carneros, Sonoma County
6% Zinfandel, Kimberly Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County
23% Zinfandel Rosé, Bruce Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County
16% Carbonic Zinfandel, Marcheschi Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
11% Sangiovese, Marcheschi Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
17% Chenin blanc, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County
7% French Colombard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County
Production: 755 cases Farming: Les Lunes manages and performs all aspects of farming at the Kimberly, Bottage, Bruce, and Marcheschi Vineyards. Everything is 100% organic, neither synthetic herbicides nor insecticides are used and all sprays are timed in relation to the moon. As we transition to dry-farming, the vineyard is watered minimally two or three times a year depending on vintage conditions. Composting and cover crops are used to increase the organic material, life and vitality of the soils. The balance of the blend comes from the farmers we partner with who farm their old-vine vineyards with focus, care, and 100% organic practices.
Vinification: The Bottage Pinot was hand-destemmed and macerated for a short 5 days. The Kimberly Zinfandel was hand destemmed and pressed at dryness (2 weeks). The Bruce Zinfandel rose was harvested, pressed directly and fermented in stainless steel. The Marcheschi Zinfandel underwent a short, 1 week, carbonic maceration. The Marcheschi Sangiovese was hand destemmed and macerated for two weeks and pressed at dryness. The Chenin blanc was directly pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Likewise with the Colombard. The components aged in a mixture of high-density polyethylene and neutral French oak barrels. All fermentations, both primary and malo-lactic, were completed with indigenous yeasts. The blend was made in January, at which point 18 ppm SO2 were added before being bottled in early February.
Tasting Notes: Light and ethereal, this red wine is meant to be served chilled and to refresh.