Qupe Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay 2003

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Item No. 86574
  • white wine
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Winemaker's Notes

This wine is 100% Chardonnay from Block Eleven, a custom, hillside planting at Bien Nacido, planted exclusively for Qupé in 1997. A west by northwest exposure doesn't allow as much direct sun. This cooler exposure gives a nice minerality and firm acidity to the wine. 2003 was a fairly warm vintage and riper wine than I normally like to make… sometimes you just have to take what Mother Nature gives you.

The aromas show minerals, custard, a bit of flinty lees and lots of juice fruit. This is a mouth coating wine, but it still sits lively on the palate. Drink this over the next few years while you're waiting for the '01 and ‘02's to come around.

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Qupe was founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist. Located at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County, Qupe's current production is about 25,000 cases. Varietals produced include Chardonnay, Syrah, Marsanne, Viognier, a Syrah/Mourvedre blend, a Viognier/Chardonnay blend and Roussanne.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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