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Qupe Bien Nacido Cuvee White 2011

Other White Blends from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    This is a lighter, fresher style of this wine than normal but with that distinct floral and peach character from the Viognier. This is balanced by citrus and green pear character from the chardonnay. This wine is normally a 50/50 blend but in 2011 we were very short on Viognier...in fact we were very short on Chardonnay too but we make much more of that. I normally like to pick the Viognier ultra ripe, but in the very cool 2011 vintage these grapes only got up to a modest 24.4° brix. This is then blended with one of our early picks from Lot 'Y Block' Chardonnay for balance and freshness. Both Lots were barrel fermented in neutral French oak barrels and also went through complete malolactic-fermentation.

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    Qupe, Central Coast, California
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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.

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

    Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

    Other White Blends

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    SWS54295_2011 Item# 129346