Ever since we started making Pape Star in 2003, finding great Mourvédre has been a constant and elusive goal. When it’s right, it lends a certain gamy suppleness to the blend; something feral yet elegant. When it’s really right, as in this bottling, you just want to drink it on its own. We call the pick for this wine based on the fruit’s acid/sugar balance, as opposed to the flavors in the grapes, as Mourvédre tends to hide its true colors until after fermentation. The ability to get the grapes completely ripe is critical to successful Mourvédre, and this late ripening is a large part of why it does so well here in SB – we have a long growing season, and little to no risk of late summer storms that would force us to pick early. This grape has ample time to develop its classic blue fruit flavors, along with the gamy, underbrush aromas that define the variety.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Appellation||Santa Ynez Valley|