Les Lunes 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sonoma County, California

This one is a little off the beaten path for me as Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely my first pick, or second, or third or… well, you get the point! But this just blew me away!!!

Les Lunes is helmed by Shaunt Oungoulian & Diego Roig; they lease their own vineyards, work their own vines and built their own cellar. They're blazing their own trail like the pioneering winemakers of California. Their goal is to grow wines that pay respect to the great wines of California’s past.

Shaunt & Diego do very little in the cellar because they spend time in their vineyards. Proper pruning, precise suckering, well-timed treatments and thoughtful weed management lets them minimize the pesticide inputs in the vineyards. They do this to preserve the indigenous microbes on the grapes and in the soils, which leads to healthier and more complex wines that don’t need adjusting or stabilizing.

Their goal year in and year out is to bring you a unique taste of the distinct times and places which they love and tend. The care that they bring through the entire winegrowing process shines through into the final product. The wines are balanced in their youth, but the care they invest in the winegrowing will continue to reverberate in your cellar for years to come.

This Cabernet Sauvignon, with 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, is made with fruit from both Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley. All the grapes were harvested by hand, destemmed and fermented on skins for 4-14 days before being pressed off, keeping each lot separate for ageing. After a nine-month élevage in neutral barrel and tank, the components were blended together.

On the nose this wine is absolutely bursting with aromas of blueberry – fresh blueberries, blueberry jam, blueberry pie! On the palate the wine is so fresh and vibrant it’s almost electric!!! All those blueberries tumble onto your tongue where they’re met with flavours of baking spice, a hint of fresh tobacco, a sprinkle of white pepper and a handful of super ripe raspberries!

Pair this with BBQ ribs or BBQ potato chips! It will also go nicely with strong, sharp cheeses, Chällerhocker is a personal favourite of mine!