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