2013 Qupé Roussanne – Bien Nacido Hillside Estate
This wine is 100% Roussanne from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley that was planted exclusively for Qupé in 1997 using the Tablas Creek clone (originally from Chateau de Beaucastel.) It is a west facing Hillside bench just opposite the winery - a cool climate site, with lots of sun.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice chilled overnight, and then pumped directly to barrel the next day. The juice was then fermented, allowed to complete malolactic fermentation, and aged on the lees for 12 months in one year old used, French oak barrels. The resulting wine was then racked and clarified before returning it to neutral barrels for another 6 months of aging.
2013 was a textbook vintage for Qupé Roussanne, with rich notes of Asian pear and quince, balanced acidity and a long succulent finish. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with a variety of savory turkey and vegetable dishes perfect for the Thanksgiving table. Ready to drink upon release, this wine will also continue to age beautifully for another 10-15 years.
Appellation: Bien Nacido Estate, Santa Maria Valley, California
Varietal: 100% Roussanne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Score 91: "Probably the best white I’ve tasted from Qupé in a while, the 2013 Roussanne Bien Nacido Hillside Estate is a smokin’ good effort that gives up lots of white flowers, caramelized citrus, flower oil and ample minerality in a medium to full-bodied, impressively textured and layered style. Aged a year on lees in once used barrels, followed by six months in neutral wood, I’d drink this beauty over the coming 3-4 years, but I’m sure it will have an interesting evolution beyond that as well" - Jeb Dunnuck