If your history with Qupe Chardonnay stretches back into the last century (like me), you might remember the great bottlings that were sourced from Sierra Madre Vineyard. That vineyard changed hands and consequently Qupe lost access to those grapes.
Fast forward to the 2012 vintage Chardonnay, with the grapes now drawn from Bien Nacido Vineyards: this is a return to that old classic style and form.
The nose is quite inviting with aromas of pineapple, mango, kiwi and citrus. The ripe fruit flavors of apple, pear, pineapple and citrus come through effortlessly and are coupled with vivacity and freshness on the palate. A hint of crème brulee adds some bottom notes, rounding out the presentation.
Perfectly balanced, this wine is the timeless representation of a complete and seamless Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. I could drink this wine every day and never tire of it.
*Qupe Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “Y” Block 2012 ($20).
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