Given this Wine Blind

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Luna Vineyards

I honestly would have said that it was a Sauvignon Blanc. And that’s not a bad thing in my humble opinion. Often when I drink a Pinot Grigio my reaction is simply “meh.” Too many times they lack flavor and characteristic and just get lost in my mind in a sea of other bland, uninspiring white wines. Not so in the case of the 2007 Luna Pinot Grigio Napa. It had so much going on that I would never have pegged it as a Pinot Grigio. The Luna clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, had a screw cap closure, and retails for around $15.

On the nose I got lime zest, lemon, green apple, and peach. The fruit jumped out of the glass, especially the citrus, which seemed quite pungent to me. In the mouth the citrus flavors carried through and showed as tart and almost mouth-puckering, like some Sauvignon Blancs. I found lime, lime zest, lemon, and grapefruit. The wine had great acidity, was quite tart and refreshing, and had I not known it was Pinot Grigio I honestly would have thought Sauvignon Blanc.

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