Kunin - White Blend, "Pape Star Blonde" Santa Ynez Valley 2015 12/750ml

Classification
White
Country
US
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Varietals
Viognier
Producer
Kunin
Farming
Sustainable
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2015
Bottles/Case
12
Max Rating
91
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Kunin - White Blend, "Pape Star Blonde" Santa Ynez Valley 2015 12/750ml

Classification
White
Country
US
Appellation
Santa Ynez Valley
Varietals
Viognier
Producer
Kunin
Farming
Sustainable
Bottle Size
750ml
Vintage
2015
Bottles/Case
12
Max Rating
91
Highlights
• Blend inspired by Chateauneuf du Pape with Grenache Blanc in the starring role
• Head-turning aromatics with uncommon elegance for the new world
• Cantaloupe, sourdough bread, lemon curd, and white flowers with pleasant texture
Varietals
Viognier
Vineyard
Two Wolves, Alisos, Camp 4, Mesa Verde, McGinley; 67% Grenache Blanc / 22% Roussanne / 11% Marsanne
Farming
Sustainable
Vinification
100% de-stemmed into 1-ton open top bins, punched down by hand 2-3 times per day. Pressed and racked into barrel for aging.
Aging
5 months sur lie before racking, filtering and bottling in neutral oak (>6 years)
Reviews
• Robert Parker: 91 A blend of 67% Grenache Blanc, 22% Roussanne and 11% Marsanne, the 2015 Pape Star Blonde wafts from the glass with a youthful bouquet of crisp melon, orchard fruit, citrus rind and an exotic top note of petrol. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, creamy and textural while remaining juicy and refreshing. Its purity and balance are impressive now, but I would expect this to display even more texture and complexity after a year or two in bottle.
• Vinous / Antonio Galloni: 91 The 2015 Pape Star Blonde is Seth Kunin's Rhône-style blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Marsanne. Creamy, open-knit and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2015 is absolutely delicious. The Roussanne adds lovely mid-palate oiliness in this impeccably balanced white.
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