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Qupe "Bien Nacido Reserve-Block Eleven" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2008

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Here's what happens when combine a superb chardonnay vineyard with the winemaking skills such as those at Qupe: Good richness and roundness showing some pinapple and lemon drop on the nose; buttered toast with some nice mnerality in the mouth. *A wonderful glass. As usual, thanks, Qupe.*

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 Eleven" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A simple syrah, this is mouthwatering even with its superripe red-fruit core, coastal in its feel. For grilled quail.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The red wines include some excellent bargains. The 2005 Syrah Central Coast (20,000 cases produced) is a knock-out bargain for a Rhocirc;ne Ranger offering. Dark ruby with loads of peppery berry fruit touched by roasted Provenccedil;al herbs, it possesses supple tannin, impressive purity and overall harmony, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This beauty should drink nicely for 4ndash;5 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright ruby. Delicate aromas of raspberry and cherry, with a floral quality adding complexity. Juicy, pinot-like red berry flavors pick up a touch of black pepper with air, reminding me that this is actually syrah. Finishes a bit short but with good sappiness and a note of black olive.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Therersquo;s a lot of edge to this complex, meaty syrah. The fruit has a cranberry flavor and the aromas are full on, with rose-petal-to-the-metal intensity. It ends firm and fresh, its purple color ready to brighten any offal, particularly braised tripe.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Deep ruby-red. Spicy dark berries, chocolate, espresso and a whiff of black olive on the nose. Supple, broad, spicy and dry, currently showing more pepper, herbs, flowers and gingerbread than fruit. Lush but not heavy. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright red-ruby. Raspberry, blackberry, currant and violet on the slightly candied nose. Sappy, fairly intense and fruity, with lively acids giving the wine a refreshing tart edge. Finishes with fine tannins and good length. Nicely ripe for this bottling.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This is a spicy, zesty syrah with firm, peppercorn-scented tannins that grip its juicy blueberry flavor. With air, aromas of sage and thyme emerge to give it a sense of complexity. Whatandrsquo;s most appealing is the balance between the wineandrsquo;s silky texture and lean, fresh flavor. Try it with spicy Thai sausage.


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Here's what happens when combine a superb chardonnay vineyard with the winemaking skills such as those at Qupe: Good richness and roundness showing some pinapple and lemon drop on the nose; buttered toast with some nice mnerality in the mouth. *A wonderful glass. As usual, thanks, Qupe.*

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