2005 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Roussanne

SKU #1031219

92 points Robert Parker: "A stunning effort, the 2005 Roussanne Bien Nacido Vineyard reveals classic aromas of quince, rose petals, honeysuckle, lemon oil, and marmalade. This medium to full-bodied white possesses fabulous fruit purity, presence, depth, and intensity in addition to a long, lingering finish. Drink this terrific Roussanne during its first 1-2 years of life, but if you have the guts to age it, I would not be surprised if it were performing well in 10-15 years." (Aug. 2007) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright yellow color. Very ripe aromas of apricot, orange, cotton candy, honey and vanillin oak. Broad, spicy, rich and exotic for a white wine from Bob Lindquist, but not sweet. Complex flavors of exotic mango, nuts, minerals and spices. Finishes with a dusty, slightly phenolic quality. I would not have guessed this was from California." (Sept/Oct 06)

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Sants Inez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, chardonnay and pinot noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.