Populis & Les Lunes Wine

North Coast, California

NORTH COAST, California

Natural winemaking born in California, built on the background of UC Davis’ scientific approach to winemaking, with the insight of European winemaking mentors.  Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig were part of a unique crowd at Davis, graduating in 2022 along with Martha Stoumen and others who were keenly interested in creating vibrant, zero additive, unfiltered wines from organic and biodynamic vineyards, that are also consistent and stable.

Diego and Shaunt have taken a dual approach to expanding their production and surface reach over the last few years.  They organically farm up to 20ha of land in Napa and Sonoma, keeping just a portion of the grapes for their own production, and selling the remainder in order to buy more grapes from areas further north, primarily Mendocino.  The grapes grown by Diego and Shaunt make up the Les Lunes line, whereas their purchased fruit is made into Populis. 

~2022 Populis White~

Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Orange Muscat, Colombard, sorced from Mendocino and Sonoma.

Populis White is an easy-drinking California blend of classic varieties you know and a few surprises. Bright, floral, and mineral-driven. Lemon and lime citrus, green apple, white peach, and a steely finish. All the grapes come from organic vineyards and are fermented separately, then blended to make the final wine.

Populis White Blend 12 x 750ml | SKU #272537 | $26.44

~2022 Populis Sauvignon Blanc~

Old vine Sauvignon Blanc, with a splash of French Colombard and Orange Muscat, sourced from six vineyards in Mendocino and Lodi, with organic farming being practiced in all of them.   

Each vineyard was harvested separately and whole clusters were pressed directly. The juice was allowed to settle overnight and decanted off the grape solids. The juice fermented separately in stainless steel and Flextanks. No sulfur additions were made at this point and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were 100% indigenous. The Upton Sauvignon blanc, Lolonis Sauvignon blanc and Hartwick Orange Muscat were fermented on the skins to add texture and depth.

Focused acidity, with flavours and aromas balanced between greenness and the ripeness we associate with warm California sunshine.  

Populis Sauvignon Blanc 12 x 750ml | SKU #272503 | $26.44
Les Lunes Searby Vineyard Macerated Chardonnay

~2022 Les Lunes Searby Vineyard Macerated Chardonnay~

The Searby Vineyard was leased in 2022, giving Shaunt and Diego the opportunity to work with 40-year-old Chardonnay plantings from a historic site that had existed pre-Depression.  The vineyard is coastal and rimmed with second growth redwood forests, the cool shade from these trees plus the influence of coastal breezes gives amazing depth and freshness for California Chardonnay.

Gentle tannins work in delicate harmony with the full texture that Chardonnay contributes. Notes of apricot and stone fruit stand out on the nose, but a fine streak of minerality, plushness and acid carries through the wine.

Les Lunes Macerated Chardonnay 12 x 750ml | SKU #378831 | $28.92

~2022 Les Lunes Cosmic Blend~

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay.

Les Lunes Cosmic Red Blend redefines what a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine can taste like. Light and crunchy, with bright red fruit and zippy acidity.

Les Lunes Cosmic Blend 12 x 750ml | SKU #272515 | $26.44
bottle of Les Lunes wine

~2022 Cabernet Sauvignon – North Coast Claret~

A fresh and modern take on California Cab Sauv, this wine harkens back to the pre-Big Red days and is harvested from some of Shaunt and Diego’s favourite cooler vineyard sites.  

Firm tannins are balanced out by luscious blue & black fruit on the palate, with plenty of dried herbs, cassis, and sun-cured olives.  Quite a delight with plenty of primary fruit character.  

Les Lunes Cabernet Sauvignon 12 x 750ml | SKU #378822 | $30.05
bottle of Les Lunes wine

~2022 Les Lunes Old Vine Carignane~

 

Amazingly well suited to California’s moderate Mediterranean climate, historic plantings of Carignane remain throughout the state and produce age worthy wines of beauty, elegance and character. Hailing from two historic sites in Mendocino County, our Carignane was made to capture the delicate intricacies and complexity that only come from working with old vine vineyards. This wine is true to the variety and not made with a heavy hand. It is light as a feather, but with ample structure and a beautiful lingering acidity. 

Les Lunes Old Vine Carignane 12 x 750ml | SKU #378825 | $30.06
Les Lunes Old Vine Zinfandel

~2022 Les Lunes Old Vine Zinfandel~

Les Lunes Zinfandel bucks the stereotype of the rich, jammy, and over-the-top style so often found in CA. Picked at moderate alcohol potentials, a bright acidity and freshness carries the mouthfeel while brambly red-fruit characterizes the delicate and balanced nose.

Les Lunes Old Vine Zinfandel 12 x 750ml | SKU #378819 | $32.04