2007 Kunin "Pape Star" Central Coast Rhône Blend
89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:" Light, vivid red. Musky aromas of red berries, cherry and fresh-turned soil. Juicy, faintly bitter redcurrant and cherry flavors are framed by silky tannins and brightened by a note of blood orange. Very pinot-like in weight and fruit expression, with good finishing cut and repeating bitterness." (Nov/Dec '09) Seth Kunin's Pape Star is a perennial favorite - this year blending 50% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah aged for 10 months in neutral oak barrels. What you get is a wine that pays homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a Central Coast twist. Soaring high-toned cherry and strawberry fruit aromas are kept from completely taking flight with subtle earth, smoke and spice notes. The Pape Star is terrifically balanced on the palate, juggling fruit, earth and spice with the grace of the best performer. Good acidity and barely-there tannins make this wine easy to drink, though it's better with food. This wine will wow you with style.