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Qupe Roussanne Bien Nacido Hillside Estate United States 2009

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This wine is 100% Roussanne from our Hillside Estate, Block 10 at Bien Nacido Vineyard. Block 10 it the culmination of an arduous project that I embarked on with Bien Nacido in 1996 when I decided to plant 5 acres of Tablas Creek Clone (read Chateau Beaucastel). This is a custom block, planted exclusively for us, on a sunny, west facing slope. We ordered the plants and prepped the ground over the 96-97 winter. When it came time to plant in the spring, we were delivered enough plants for 2/3 of an acre! Tablas Creek had more orders than they had plants, and then some of the plants we got didnt make it. Thus started the long process to get all 5 acres planted. We planted a bit more each year and by 2001 the block was complete.

Region: Italy

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  • 2009

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Winery: Qupé
Color: White
Varietal: Roussanne
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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

This wine is 100% Roussanne from our Hillside Estate, Block 10 at Bien Nacido Vineyard. Block 10 it the culmination of an arduous project that I embarked on with Bien Nacido in 1996 when I decided to plant 5 acres of Tablas Creek Clone (read Chateau Beaucastel). This is a custom block, planted exclusively for us, on a sunny, west facing slope. We ordered the plants and prepped the ground over the 96-97 winter. When it came time to plant in the spring, we were delivered enough plants for 2/3 of an acre! Tablas Creek had more orders than they had plants, and then some of the plants we got didnt make it. Thus started the long process to get all 5 acres planted. We planted a bit more each year and by 2001 the block was complete.

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