2018 Qupe Cellars Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Y Block

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"A savory undercurrent accents the green apple and lemon-lime flavors. Notes of sea salt emerge on the crunchy finish. Drink now. 5,050 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"GOOD VALUE, Clean and slightly juicy with a note of fresh blossoms set lightly atop elements of ripe pears and white peaches on the nose, this medium-bodied Chardonnay follows its aromatic lead with like-minded flavors that show a tad more intensity and fruity fullness, and its lime-like acidity dovetails nicely with its inklings of juicy sweetness as it brings its lingering flavors into lively balance. Reviewed: August 2020" (CG)

"Including a splash of Viognier and Marsanne, the 2018 Chardonnay Y Block offers a subtle bouquet of stone fruits, white currants, toasted spices, and brioche. It builds nicely with time in the glass and reveals a lively, elegant texture, medium body, good acidity, and a clean finish." (JD)

"Light on the nose, this bottling offers aromas of tight lemon peel, smashed rocks and seared apple. There's a solidly stony quality to the sip, where tightly wound flavors of lime flesh and citrus pith are nearly puckering. Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
This is a classic cool climate Chardonnay made in a traditional style. Aromas of citrus, pears and nutmeg waft from the glass, with just a hint of vanilla and toasty oak from aging in barrel. Mouth-coating viscosity on the palate balanced by naturally fresh, crisp acidity. Completely dry, this is an elegantly balanced and structured Chardonnay.

As with all our Chardonnays, this wine was made using traditional techniques: hand-harvested, whole cluster pressed, chilled for 48 hours in tank, then racked off heavy lees for fermentation. Qupe’s Y Block Chardonnay was 100% barrel fermented and aged in French oak— primarily François Fréres Burgundy barrels, 15% new. We aged this wine on lees for seven months then racked clean to stainless steel for blending and rest before bottling.