2007 Kunin "Pape Star" Central Coast Rhône Blend

SKU #1045066

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.

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 By: GZ |  Review Date: 10/28/2009 
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Delicate, almost pinot noir-like, with floral, cherry, and spice notes. Delicious and subtle.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

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California

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Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1