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A native Californian, Aaron Luna grew up in the Salinas Valley of Monterey County surrounded by agriculture. In 1999 he gained an interest in the fermentation process and started working for Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, California. His passion and skills for winemaking grew rapidly and he was promoted to Assistant Winemaker. After 10 years with Bernardus and the tutelage of notable winemakers, Aaron left for Margaret River in Western Australia to learn winemaking from other great winemakers. Upon his return to California, he yearned to know more about winemaking and pursued a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. After graduating with his degree, he worked in the vineyards and winery of Stags Leap Winery in Napa Valley, California. With experience under his belt and an increased passion for winemaking, he was ready to settle down and discovered the beautiful Livermore Valley and Fenestra Winery.

The Fenestra take on the LVVC project

"The inaugural 2017 LVVC blend was a fun challenge in making a wine with varieties that are not typically blended together. The limitations on percentages with each variety along with the many varieties allowed in the blend made it a real challenge to figure out what direction in style to take the blend. After many trials of different styles from lighter fruitier blends to heavier and oaky blends, I decided to meet it in the middle to find balance and elegance. I found it important to not let any one variety dominate the blend and wanted the wine to have fruity complexity and nice acidity to make it a universally food friendly wine. The components of this wine were sourced from six different vineyards within the Livermore Valley AVA and it is a good representation of the variety and quality of grapes grown here. This wine has aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, and baking spices with a medium body and mouthwatering acidity. This wine will show very well in three to seven years of cellaring."

Aaron Luna - Winemaker

The Blend:

  • 35% Merlot

  • 30% Syrah

  • 15% Petite Sirah

  • 15% Malbec

  • 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

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