Qupe Viognier/Chardonnay Bien Nacido Cuvee Tasting Notes 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is 50% and 50% Viognier. The chardonnay comes from the first pick at Bien Nacido - Y Block. Most of the viognier is from Bien Nacido, with a small percentage of viognier coming from the Vogelzang vineyard in Santa Ynez. The viognier is picked ultra-ripe (around 25.6° brix), which on its own would be too heavy and cloying. At that ripeness however, the viognier aromatics are amazing. It is blended with chardonnay that was picked, in this case, at 22° brix, which reigns in the alcohol (13.5% here) and gives the wine structure and acidity. The various lots were harvested, fermented and aged separately. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice chilled and settled overnight, fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels for 5 month and allowed to go through malo. This wine is pure pleasure. The point of this wine is freshness and youthful exuberance. If you buy a few bottles, put them right in the refrigerator - they will disappear quickly!

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  • 2009

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Winery: Qupé
Color: White
Varietal: Viognier
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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
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This wine is 50% and 50% Viognier. The chardonnay comes from the first pick at Bien Nacido - Y Block. Most of the viognier is from Bien Nacido, with a small percentage of viognier coming from the Vogelzang vineyard in Santa Ynez. The viognier is picked ultra-ripe (around 25.6° brix), which on its own would be too heavy and cloying. At that ripeness however, the viognier aromatics are amazing. It is blended with chardonnay that was picked, in this case, at 22° brix, which reigns in the alcohol (13.5% here) and gives the wine structure and acidity. The various lots were harvested, fermented and aged separately. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice chilled and settled overnight, fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels for 5 month and allowed to go through malo. This wine is pure pleasure. The point of this wine is freshness and youthful exuberance. If you buy a few bottles, put them right in the refrigerator - they will disappear quickly!

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