In 2018 our dry-farmed, head-trained vineyard turned 20 years old. An occasion to celebrate! The 2018 vintage was big. In every way, tonnage, aroma, flavor, acid, you name it! The blend of this vintage is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Sangiovese. For the first time, the Estate Riserva has more Cabernet than Sangiovese. We are very proud of what this vineyard has produced over the last 20 years and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition:
Bella Luna Estate Winery (Paso Robles, Templeton Gap District, California) “Estate Riserva” Carly’s Estate Vineyard 2018 ($58): Wow! Here’s a stunning Super Tuscan-styled blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese that could not hit the target more squarely. Pulsing raspberry and spice aromas are layered and deep, and they translate beautifully on the palate where some dried herbs join in, all riding on a carpet of supple tannins and zesty acidity that push the finish into the distance. I’m always impressed by this producer, but I don’t give the “Wow!” out lightly. This is truly worthy – not to mention age-worthy. Yes, there are cellar trophies from this Paso Robles sub-AVA. Bravissimo! 98
Platinum 98 pts, Wine of the Year, Domestic
Platinum 98 pts, Best of Show Red Wine