2007 Qupe "Bien Nacido Hillside Estate" Santa Maria Valley Roussanne

SKU #1060364

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 09: "Green-tinged gold. Wet stone, mint, orange and yellow plum on the nose. Dry and tightly wound, offering tangy citrus and pit fruit flavors and a strong mineral underpinning. A bit unyielding initially but aeration brought up sweet melon and singed orange flavors. No excess fat on the wine!. Finishes nervy, focused and dry: I'm not sure I'd have pegged this as a New World wine."

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2011 | Send Email
This is not one of the thunderous, thick-textured roussannes that sometimes emerge from California. While it has breadth, the overall feeling is taut and springy and the finish is lively and fresh. Dusty, spiced lemon and vanilla flavors meld with a hint of peach, musk and wet rocks. A short stay in the cellar, on the order of a year or two, would probably allow this wine to “knit” and be better still.

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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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5