2007 Luna Vineyards Freakout

2007 Luna Vineyards FreakoutPrice: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Luna Vineyards “The 2007 Freakout is a light golden color, with an enticing nose of ripe pear and hints of lemon. On the palate, the mouthwatering acidity of lemon zest mingles with baked bread and coconut milk, accented by a good dose of minerality. The finish is a delicious blend of pears and vanilla.”

What I Think:

This one is a white blend of 35% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Grigio, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Ribolla Gialla. The winery site, where you will find this one for $16, has some great information on the individual vineyards these grapes are sourced from. The most interesting note is on the Ribolla Gialla which I know as Robola from the time I spent in Greece when I was introduced to the varietal during my visit to Gentilini. The Ribolla Gialla in this bottling is sourced from Elsa’s Vineyard in Napa Valley which is proclaimed to be the only vineyard in America planted with this varietal. So what’s in the bottle?

Floral on the nose, the Sauvignon Blanc dominates early. The palate starts crisp with lemon and floral notes emerging towards the middle and carrying through to the finish. While clean and simple this one lacks the acidity that would make it a go-to summer quaffer in my house. That said, guessing many others will like this more than I do. Certainly nothing wrong with this one for $6, give it a try and let me know what you think.

Rating: 12th Bottle

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8 thoughts on “2007 Luna Vineyards Freakout

  1. I think I fall into that camp of liking this more than you did. I found the acidity to be decent-perhaps it’s because I paired it with a green thai curry that had a rather sweet sauce for contrast. I picked up a few more bottles during my last trip to TJs.

    Interesting about Elsa’s being the only Ribolla vineyard in the US. I wonder if that’s where Matthiasson sources the grapes for their white blend?

  2. @joshiemac Funny you should mention Matthiasson, when researching for this post I found that they do source from the same place. Almost added that to the post… As for grabbing more wish I liked it more but I preferred the Vinum Chenin Blanc. Either way happy summer sipping, hope the weather holds for the weekend!

  3. I love a a lot of these wines that TJ’s is getting but I hate that they are hustle buys and are not around for long. Try the VINTJS Napa Sauvignon Blanc, it is made but St.Supery Winery for about half the price ($5.99)

  4. @JB Thanks for the tip, I’ll keep my eye out for both the St. Supery VINTJS offerings.

    @joshiemac I was actually in the East Bay yesterday and scooped some of this up in Walnut Creek, they had more Freakout available as well. BTW, I just had a small glass of the new Rabbit Ridge but it was very promising! Stay tuned for more…

  5. What Trader Joe’s are you finding this at and can you order online? I live in St. Louis and really want to purchase this but can’t find it anywhere. I first had this wine in Laguna Beach a few years ago and fell in love!

  6. @Monica: This was available at our local Northern CA Trader Joe’s and I believe it’s already gone. It’s not on the Luna website so unfortunately I think you missed this one.

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