Qupé, Santa Barbara County (Central Coast, California) Chardonnay Y Block 2018

($22):   Qupé, established in 1982, has always focused on wines made from varieties usually associated with France’s Rhône Valley — Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Marsanne and Roussanne.  So where did this fabulous Chardonnay come from.  The Chardonnay came from the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, primarily from the Y Block, which was planted exclusively for Qupé in 2005, according to their website.   In keeping with their focus, there’s Viognier (2%) and Marsanne (1%) in the blend.  Balanced and restrained, it’s a great value, delivering far more than its $22 price tag suggests.  Subtle fruitiness, a subtle roundness provided by judicious oak aging, come together seamlessly.
93 Michael Apstein Apr 28, 2020