2011 Qupé Chardonnay Reserve Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 11
Santa Maria Valley, California
 
WB Rating: 89

 
Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $35.00 (Safeway)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Deep yellow-gold in color. Rich, complex nose shows honeyed pears, tropical fruits, raw cashews, a touch of lees. Based on the nose one would think this was a 15% California biggie. But there's only 13% alcohol in this wine, and the mouth feel is crisp and anything but overdone. Minerals and toastiness show up in the satisfying finish. Interesting, tasty Chardonnay. - HK 2014-09-18

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