Producer wine
Les Lunes / Populis

COUNTRY :
United States

REGION :
Mendecino

PRODUCTION :

Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig

Shaunt Oungoulian and Diego Roig produce two wines, Populis and Les Lunes Wine. With Populis, they purchase grapes from historic vineyards and multi-generational growers from Mendocino County. These wines are fresh, lively, forward with fruit, and made in a playful style. In addition to making wine, they farm and manage over 8 hA of vineyards in Sonoma and Napa and are committed 100% to organic farming and restoring and preserving older and historic vineyards in those counties. Their Les Lunes Wines are made from both these vineyards and the top sites from their growers in Mendocino County. The Les Lunes Wines show the more classic, refined, elegant, and ageable side of natural wine.

Their facility is literally the basement of Shaunt’s parents’ house in Orinda, California just east of Berkeley. This allows them to produce wine without the interference of other wineries’ yeasts or influences as well as allows them to age their wine for multiple vintages before release if needed.
They are absolutely 100% committed to farming and producing wines organically. They make no additions to the wines save for a small dose of sulfur before bottling if needed, as determined on a barrel by barrel basis.

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CUVÉES
Wine

Populis Arancia

Region: Santa Barbara, CA
Grape: Grenache Blanc
Vineyard Size:
Soil: alluvium, loam
Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: destemmed, 10 day maceration
Aging: 9 months in neutral French oak
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

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Les Lunes Los Carneros

Region: Los Carneros, Sonoma County, CA
Grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Size:
Soil: alluvium, loam
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: destemmed, separate spontaneous 14 day primary fermentation with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 24 months in neutral oak, 12 months in bottle
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

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Populis Venturi Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard Size: 1 hectare
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstones
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, direct press
Aging: 4.5 months in polyethylene tanks, 1.5 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

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Les Lunes Brueske Vineyard Pinot Noir

Region: Los Carneros, Sonoma County, CA
Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Size: 0.50 hectares
Soil: sedimentary, clay
Average Age of Vines: 20 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 50% destemmed, 50% whole cluster
Aging: 9 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

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Populis “Licorne Mechante”

Region: California
Grape: Carignane
Vineyard Size: 2 hectares
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstones
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: small percentage of just-fermenting 2017 added to 2016 still rosé as tirage, 18 months sur latte, disgorged
Aging: 12 months in neutral barrels, 18 months sur latte
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/l

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Les Lunes Venturi Vineyard Zinfandel

Region: Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Zinfandel
Vineyard Size: 4 hectares
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstones, hillside
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, 30 day maceration, foot tread once per day
Aging: 18 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/l

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Les Lunes Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot

Region: Los Carneros, Sonoma County, CA
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Vineyard Size: 2 hectares
Soil: sedimentary, clay
Average Age of Vines: 35 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: destemmed, 14 day maceration
Aging: 24 months in neutral barrels, 12 months in bottle
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/l

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Les Lunes Barra Chardonnay

Region: Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Chardonnay
Vineyard Size: 5 hectares
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstones
Average Age of Vines: 48 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, direct press, fermentation in neutral oak
Aging: 9 months sur lie
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

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Les Lunes Arnold’s Block Carignane

Region: Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Carignane
Vineyard Size: 1 hectare
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstone, benchland
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, 30 day maceration, foot tread once per day
Aging: 18 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/l

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Populis “Reversée”

Region: Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Carignane
Vineyard Size: 2 hectares
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstones
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 60% whole cluster, co-fermentation with 40% rosé juice
Aging: 6 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 15 mg/l

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Populis Rosé

Region: Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Carignane
Vineyard Size: 2 hectares
Soil: alluvial, loam, riverstones
Average Age of Vines: 70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, direct press
Aging: 4.5 months in polyethylene tanks, 1.5 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 15 mg/l

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Populis “Wabi-Sabi” Red

Region: Mendocino County, CA
Grape: Carignane, Syrah, Zinfandel
Vineyard Size:
Soil: sandstone, shale, quartz
Average Age of Vines: 20-70 years
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: partially destemmed, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 4.5 months in polyethylene tanks, 4.5 months in neutral barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 20 mg/l