2006 Kunin "Pape Star," Central Coast, Rhone Red Blend

SKU #1034157

From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Spicy raspberry and cherry on the nose, with a light anise quality adding interest. Smoky red fruit flavors are brightened by zesty acidity and framed by silky tannins, which carry through the sweet finish. An understated, easy-drinking style." (Nov/Dec '07) Pape Star is Seth Kunin's self-proclaimed homage to the wines of Châteauneauf-du-Pape. He says, "I am impressed by the honesty of the wines from that region, which maintain simplicity and rusticity while showing a bit of elegance as well. You can age them or serve them young, with fancy or simple food and they just work. My goal was/is to make a wine like that here in California." The result is Pape Star (get it?), which uses about 50-60% grenache and 20-30% mourvèdre in the final blend, balancing the remainder with syrah for structure. With site selection farming, Kunin aims to pick grapes that are ripe, but not too ripe, to keep the wine from becoming too big and too hot. The 2006 is amazingly fruit-forward and easy-drinking, with bright red fruit flavors from the grenache, tempered by spicy/gamey mourvèdre and syrah notes. A must-try for all CDP lovers, Rhone Rangers and, well, anyone who love great wine!


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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez 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.