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QUPE MARSANNE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 2013
NVWE Notes: Qupe Marsanne can be both delicious at release and a notable ager, and the 2013 will certainly be both. The nose is a bright, focused and forthcoming mix of dried golden fig, honeysuckle, quince, guava, kumquat marmalade and mineral scents. It is sleek and bright on the palate, with lingering flavors of quince, guava, white mulberries, Persian raisins, orange marmalade and hints of dark minerals and marzipan. A perfect companion for sauced fish or fowl, it is a lovely dinner wine already and one that should get better for at least four years. Blended with 25% Roussanne, 1620 cases produced.
Light yellow. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of lemon curd, pear, white peach and jasmine, along with a minerally nuance. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and pit fruit flavors that expand and deepen with air. Clings impressively on the incisive, pear-inflected finish. Josh Raynolds Dec 2014