Qupe Santa Ynez Valley Marsanne 2007

Rhone White Blends from California

Item No. 99414
  • white wine
  • W&S91
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2002
  • W&S93

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is 53% Marsanne from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos, 18% Marsanne from the Demetria Vineyard just north of Los Olivos (what used to be Andrew Murray Vineyard), 17% Marsanne from the Purisima Mountain Vineyard and 12% Roussanne from the Stolpman Vineyard, both just west of Los Olivos. Ibarra-Young is organically farmed. Demetria and Purisima Mountain are both farmed biodynamically.

We've been making Marsanne since 1987 and have pretty much stayed with the same style… picked at the low end of ripeness while it still has plenty of acidity and refreshingly low alcohol. Marsanne in this style, and this 2007 is a great example, exhibits what I call "wet stone" minerality along with hints of almonds, honey, citrus and flowers.

Critical Acclaim

"A fine expression of West Coast marsanne, this has rich lime and agave flavors edged by dry sage and coastal brush aromas. With air, the wine takes on a waxy, stone fruit quality. Try it with dayboat scallops served with fresh favas and bacon."
91 Points

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Bianco - Cos Cob, CT (read all my reviews)

Very refreshing wine, perfect for hot summer days. Smooth, clean taste with an easy finish. This wine is well-worth its inexpensive price tag.
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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.

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White Rhone blends consist of two or more white grapes from its namesake region. This includes Viognier, Rousanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc. Other white grapes may be included in miniscule amounts, but the above four are the principles. In the Rhone, Viognier is typically alone in the Northern Rhone and absent in the Southern Rhone, although, in the north, 20% of the variety...

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