2011 Qupe Santa Ynez Valley Marsanne

SKU #1110524 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (includes 21% roussanne): Light, bright yellow. Aromas of green apple, peach and ginger, with a subtle floral topnote. Juicy and light on its feet, offering energetic orchard fruit and lemon rind flavors that show a refreshingly bitter quality. The slightly drying finish shows good tangy persistence.  (11/2012)

K&L Notes

Mostly Marsanne from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, with 11% of the fruit coming from Edna Valley's Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard and a small proportion of Roussanne (21%) from the Bien Nacido Vineyard. All of the fruit was picked ripe, but at low sugar, with brighter acidity, which help keep this wine wonderfully fresh, highlighting its mineral streak. The wine still has the weight and richness of the varietals that balances out the acid structure, making this a white that's delightful and fresh now, but that will really start to shine in 10 years when its secondary characteristics are able to poke through the veil of acidity.

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2013 | Send Email
There is 21% Roussanne in this wine, which creates a good balance here. Pear, apple, citrus with tiny hints of toast. Medium plus acidity and sooooo drinkable!

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2012 | Send Email
A standout at our recent domestic staff tasting in the white wine value category. Marsanne is prone to heaviness and high alcohol (especially in warm climates), but managed properly it can be wildly complex, mineral-driven and delicious, like this bottling from Qupe. Grant it, there's 21% Roussanne in here adding aromatic lift, brightness, and focus, but the richness on the palate and complex flavors (I can barely tease out lemon peel and pear) riding on a base of some real wet stone minerality is all Marsanne. This is a really fun, mind-bending wine that you can enjoy for under $20. Try it young with a bold and nutty dish that can take on the acid and draw out the wine's unique aromas like Thai cashew chicken, or lay it away to soften a bit and enjoy in a few years with an earthy dish, like creamy morel mushroom pasta.

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- If you've ever enjoyed the white wines of France's Rhône Valley, then you've probably inhaled the intoxicating honeysuckle and almond perfume of Marsanne. Most often blended with Roussanne and, increasingly, Viognier, Marsanne adds body and perfume to the wines of St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Péray. It also planted in small amounts in Australia and the United States, where California's Rhône Rangers have embraced it. Aliases include Ermitage, Hermitage Blanc, Marsana and Grosse Roussette.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez 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.