Qupe Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay 2009

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Bright gold. Aromas of pear skin, melon and lemon rind, with smoke and honey nuances adding complexity. Deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors display very good intensity and become smokier with air. Stains the palate without betraying any excess weight. The finish is gripping, spicy and very persistent. Shows impressive vivacity for a powerful wine. 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar*less than a case in inventory*

Region: Italy » Piemonte » Barolo » La Morra » Santa Maria

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Qupé:
Qupé is dedicated to producing handcrafted Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast. We employ traditional winemaking techniques to make wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources. Our goal is to make wines with impeccable balance that can be enjoyed in their youth, yet because of the good acidity from cool vineyard sites can also benefit from ageing. ... Read more
Qupé is dedicated to producing handcrafted Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast. We employ traditional winemaking techniques to make wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources. Our goal is to make wines with impeccable balance that can be enjoyed in their youth, yet because of the good acidity from cool vineyard sites can also benefit from ageing. We are committed to sourcing grapes from some of the best and most prestigious vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Qupé Wine Cellars is located on the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, California. Qupé shares a production facility with Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat, and together they have a production and sales support staff. Jim Adelman is the General Manager and also shares winemaking duties. Once a year, during harvest, visiting winemakers and wine professionals with various backgrounds (many from different states and countries) in the wine business come to work with Bob and Jim at the winery to share techniques and ideas. Focusing on fruit grown in the Central Coast Appellation of California, Qupé produces Rhone varietals and Chardonnay. A majority of Qupé’s wines (about 50%) are made from grapes grown on the Bien Nacido Vineyard, where the Syrah and Chardonnay are planted and grown to Bob’s specifications. In addition to Bien Nacido, Qupé also farms (using organic practices) a 14 acre vineyard in Los Olivos called “Ibarra-Young Vineyard.” The balance of the Qupé wines are made from grapes grown at various vineyards in the Central Coast appellation of California. Bob and his wife Louisa have recently purchased an 80 acre vineyard site in the Edna Valley which they began planting in the spring of 2005. This vineyard will be developed and farmed under the rigorous principles of Biodynamic Farming. Read less

External Reviews for Qupe Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Bright gold. Musky aromas of pear skin, melon and lemon rind, with smoke and honey nuances adding complexity. Deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors display very good intensity and become smokier with air. Stains the palate without betraying any exc... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Qupe Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/04/2012

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Qupe Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Grown on a steep hillside facing north by northwest, the fruit at Block Eleven achieves intensity of flavor with restrained ripeness. Fine oak character surrounds it without entering the center of the wine, which is focused on citrus and fresh cream ... Wine & Spirits. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Qupe Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11 750ml



Bright gold. Aromas of pear skin, melon and lemon rind, with smoke and honey nuances adding complexity. Deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors display very good intensity and become smokier with air. Stains the palate without betraying any excess weight. The finish is gripping, spicy and very persistent. Shows impressive vivacity for a powerful wine. 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar*less than a case in inventory*

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