2010 Qupé "Bien Nacido Reserve-Block Eleven" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Wine & Spirits
At first, this wine seems to be mostly about oak and lees--luscious and creamy. With air, it gains precision, the fruit building into a fresh white-cherry flavor that’s sharpened by a crisp, mineral edge. This comes from a steep hillside block at Bien Nacido, planted specifically for Bob Lindquist in 1997. The block’s northern exposure mitigates the sun’s rays and contributes to the wine’s implicit freshness. It deserves a few more years in bottle. (700 cases)
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.