luna pinot grigioPinot Grigio is not one of my favorite wines. In Italy, where most of it is produced, the grapes are harvested early to preserve acidity making a refreshing but simple wine with neutral flavors and little aroma. (In France, the same varietal is called Pinot Gris and is made in a more interesting style).

However, California vintners are giving the grapes more hang time and the result is a wine with more prominent aromatics though often sacrificing some crispness .

Luna’s Pinot Grigio manages to get the fruit/acid balance just right. This wine vibrates with racy acidity but provides plenty of charm and definition on the nose with pear notes and hints of apple giving way to a generous floral fragrance.

Light in body, the mineral core on the palate turns to lemon on the tart finish. It had me craving a good ceviche to pair it with.

A small percentage of Albarino and Chardonnay in the blend give this a lift.

At this price point you can’t do better. Buy this now and stock up for summer when you want a thirst quencher.

Score: 88

Price: $10

Alcohol: 14.1