Elaboration of Qupe Block 11 Chardonnay 2003
Qupe Block 11 Chardonnay 2003 (Chardonnay)
This wine is 100% Chardonnay from Block Eleven, a custom, hillside planting at Bien Nacido, planted exclusively for Qupé in 1997. A west by northwest exposure doesn't allow as much direct sun. This cooler exposure gives a nice minerality and firm acidity to the wine. 2003 was a fairly warm vintage and riper wine than I normally like to make… sometimes you just have to take what Mother Nature gives you.
The aromas show minerals, custard, a bit of flinty lees and lots of juice fruit. This is a mouth coating wine, but it still sits lively on the palate. Drink this over the next few years while you're waiting for the '01 and ‘02's to come around.
Qupé Wine Cellars is located on the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, California. Qupé shares a production facility with Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat, and together they have a production and sales support staff. Jim Adelman is the General Manager and also shares winemaking duties. Once a year, during harvest, visiting winemakers and wine professionals with various backgrounds (many from different states and countries) in the wine business come to work with Bob and Jim at the winery to share techniques and ideas.More about the Winery