2010 Qupé "Bien Nacido Reserve-Block Eleven" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
You'll have to go far and wide to find a bigger, richer California Chardonnay. It's enormous, offering an explosion of tropical fruit, citrus and apricot, brightened by crisp acidity. Despite the power, the wine maintains elegance and balance. This is one of the few Chards that will take bottle age, gradually losing fruit. Drink now-2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Pear skin, chamomile, honey and pungent herbs on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Shows very good depth and a tangy lemon pith note with aeration. Closes spicy and tight, with lingering citrus and orchard fruit flavors and strong cut. This chardonnay opens up nicely with air.
The 2010 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block Eleven is quite pretty in this vintage. Soft and delicate, the 2010 is first and foremost a wine of notable texture. Lemon, mint, crushed rocks and white flowers flow through to the nicely articulated finish. This soft, medium-weight Chardonnay is best enjoyed over the next few years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Starting off the whites, the 2010 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Reserve Block 11 possesses a beautiful bouquet of ripe citrus, white flowers and vanilla creme. Medium-bodied on the palate and downright racy, it has great purity of fruit and a pure, clean feel. The acidity is slightly obtrusive here but should round into form with another year in bottle. Drink 2014-2017.