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Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Roussanne 2012

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Powerful and heady is a most apt description of this wine. Aromas of pineapple, vanilla, honey, honeysuckle, apple, pear and mango mix nicely with hard spice notes from extended barrel age. Mouth coating flavors of crisp apple, verbena tea, and some citrus notes are found in each mouthful.

The rich texture and well-structured sugar/acid balance of Roussanne make it a food-friendly wine. The 2012 will complement thick and creamy dishes accented with butter, nuts and slow-cooked root vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, roasted turnips, and rutabaga are lovely matches as are richer shellfish such as lobster, crab, and scallops.

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Qupé, one of my favorite wineries, has always been a pioneer—though they make more wines that I can keep track of and often leave me spending lots of time tasting and researching them. Of course, there are worse ways one can spend their time. The 2012 Qupé Roussanne is a compelling wine showing plenty of tropical fruits and a shading of earth and mineral; this wine finishes with a brightness that invites a pan-fried halibut steak. (Tasted: June 22, 2017, Paso Robles, CA)
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Qupe, 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.
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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

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Roussanne

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Full and silky in body but also charmingly crisp, Roussanne makes a stellar blending grape. Thought to be native to the Rhône Valley of France, and still predominantly grown there, it is responsible for some of the finest Northern Rhône white wines. Roussanne adds richness and acidity to Marsanne’s soft, fruitiness, making the age worthy and highly respected whites from the appellations of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and St.-Joseph. It has also earned approval as one of the white varieties for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

In the Glass

Persistent aromas of exotic herbal tea, a full body nearly as complex as a red wine, and distinct apricot and honey flavors make Roussanne unique. With age, these wines gain a more oily or glycerin texture.

Perfect Pairings

Richer fish dishes such as salmon, lobster, crab or grilled shrimp work well with Roussanne and its blends. A meal of roast chicken with herbs and winter vegetables is also delicious. Stuffed butternut squash, vegetarian curry and baked brie with apricots are other ideas to pair with Roussanne based wines.

Sommelier Secret

Roussanne takes its name from the French word “roux,” meaning rouge or red because of the grapes’ pink glow. In California, virtually all of the 339 acres of Roussanne come from true clones brought over by Tablas Creek and John Alban.

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