2011 Qupe Santa Ynez Valley Marsanne
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.
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.