Deep, not drowning though. Notes of flowers and oranges take me back to Hawaii. Will seek another bottle, maybe different vintage, to store away.
A full-bodied white. Fruit forward with floral notes. Stands out and above most wines at any table except for the better Rhone and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I thought I was definitely drinking a French wine until I read the label. Outstanding.
External Reviews for Qupé Roussane Bien Nacido Hillside Estate
Long time Rhone Ranger vintner, Bob Lindquist of Qupé Wine Cellars, has been at theforefront of experimentation with Rhone varietals in California. Over a decade ago, he hit uponthe idea of combining Viognier with Chardonnay; while the percentage of each varietal in theblend has changed over the years, in recent vintages he’s settled on an even amount of each. As tasty as this combo is, it’s a wonder that more Rhone style oriented winemakers haven’tproduced this unusual white wine blend. Perhaps Lindquist has just found the right vineyard sitesin Santa Maria Valley that really make it work in the bottle.The 2005 version has incredible aromatics with white florals, citrus, ripe peach and asense of minerality apparent. The flavors are equally compelling with citrus, apricot, pear,pineapple, peach skins as well as delicate florals and an undertone of wet stones. It really doeshave that much going on and it’s all going on in harmony on the palate; like a diamond withmany facets, this blend easily reveals multi-dimensional flavors. The texture is silky and richwith just the right weight on the palate, while a finely honed spark of acidity on the finish keepsthings fresh and lively, inviting another sip. And here’s the real deal: all this deliciousness for only $18. These days, it’s hard to find apremium Chard for that price and you sure as heck aren’t going to find a top Viognier for thattariff. Here you get ‘em both, in a unique combo, for one low priced admission.