Qupe Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010 | Wine.com

 

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    Qupe Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Chardonnay - Central Coast, California

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    • W&S93
    • WE93
    Price: $17.99
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    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine & Spirits, 90 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Central Coast, California

    Varietal: Chardonnay

    Style: Rich & Creamy

    Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 127252

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This wine is 100% Chardonnay from Block Eleven, a 6 acre custom block planted exclusively for Qupé in 1997. I like oak in Chardonnay, as long as its good oak and as long as the Chardonnay has balance. This wine carries its oak off perfectly. The aromas are classic cool climate chardonnay with hints of lime, pears and wet stone with a strong underpinning of creme brulee and sweet oak. The flavors are rich but nicely balanced by clean, fresh acidity...mouth-filling with a long finish.

    Critical Acclaim:

    You’ll have to go far and wide to find a bigger, richer California Chardonnay. It’s enormous, offering an explosion of tropical fruit, citrus and apricot, brightened by crisp acidity. Despite the power, the wine maintains elegance and balance. This is one of the few Chards that will take bottle age, gradually losing fruit.

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    At first, this wine seems to be mostly abotu oak and lees - luscious and creamy. With air, it gains precision, the fruit building into a fresh white cherry flavor that's sharpened by a crisp, mineral edge. This comes from a steep hill-side block at Bien Nacido, planted specifically for Bob Lindquist in 1997. The block's northern exposure mitigates the sun's rays and contributes to the wine's implicit freshness. It deserves a few more years in bottle.

    93 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    Bright gold. Pear skin, chamomile, honey and pungent herbs on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Shows very good depth and a tangy lemon pith note with aeration. Closes spicy and tight, with lingering citrus and orchard fruit flavors and strong cut. This chardonnay opens up nicely with air.

    90 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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