2010 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Roussanne

SKU #1137103 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A fine wine from a producer that dependably produces one of California’s best Roussannes. Texturally, it has the weight of Chardonnay, with some French oak influence and the creaminess of lees aging. The acidity is pronounced. Flavorwise, this 100% varietal wine is complex in citrus fruits, peaches and flinty minerality. It has all the hallmarks of a wine that will age gracefully. Drink now-2020.  (10/ 2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A wine that needed lots of air to show its potential, the 2010 Roussanne Bien Nacido Hillside Estate is 100% Roussanne that saw all neutral oak. Still very tight and angular, with loads of mineral, honey blossom, lavender, vanilla bean and hints of green apple, it has solid concentration and loads of acidity on the palate. It will need 3-4 years of bottle age to become drinkable and age beautifully. Drink 2017-2025. 90+ (JD)  (8/ 2013)

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
I've been a longtime fan of Qupe wines, I find their wines always classic and well made. This rare single varietal Roussanne is truly made for people who wants something different, or the kind of wine that makes the "wine geeks" excited. True to its form this wine is full bodied, with rustic, rustic, rustic notes and a honey wax, oily mouthfeel yet chalky, refreshing on the palate. Did I mention the fun rustic note? Oh, and the long finish. Time to geek out people!

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
This Roussanne achieves the perfect balance of richness and precision. Offering notes of fleshy orchard fruit and honey, its wonderful texture follows through on the palate. This is a must-try for fans of Rhone Valley whites.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5