2016 Luna Matta
A certified organic vineyard, located on the Westside of Paso Robles, Luna Matta is planted to Rhone and Italian varietals. Steep hillsides, limestone soils, warm days and cold nights are a perfect match for the vines planted in 2001.
50% whole cluster fermented in small, open top bins, and spent 15-20 days on skins with pump-overs during cold soak and punch downs during fermentation. Aged 20 months in neutral 500-liter, 265-liter and 228-liter barrels.
Drinking Window: Present - 2030
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Luna Matta checks in as 47% Syrah, 43% Grenache, and the rest Mourvèdre that saw plenty of stems and was brought up mostly in neutral barrels. It’s another sweetly fruited beauty from McPrice that boasts lots of blackberry, ground pepper, olive, and violet notes, with a hint of dusty minerality and savoriness with time in the glass. I love its purity. It’s medium to full-bodied and balanced, with loads of character. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
This estate hit a home run with these latest 2016s, and the charming, more supple style of the vintage worked perfectly with the more savory, classic style preferred by McPrice Myers. These are unquestionably the finest wines I’ve tasted from him, and readers should snatch up these wines.
94 points, Josh Raynolds
Bright violet. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, incense and allspice, along with a building mineral nuance. Sweet, expansive and supple in texture, offering deeply concentrated yet lively boysenberry and raspberry flavors and a suave lavender pastille flourish. The mineral and floral notes repeat emphatically on an impressively long, smooth finish, which shows excellent delineation and spicy cut.