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2007 Qupe Roussanne Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate Santa Maria Valley
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($40) Green-tinged gold. Wet stone, mint, orange and yellow plum on the nose. Dry and tightly wound, offering tangy citrus and pit fruit flavors and a strong mineral underpinning. A bit unyielding initially but aeration brought up sweet melon and singed orange flavors. No excess fat on the wine!. Finishes nervy, focused and dry: I'm not sure I'd have pegged this as a New World wine.

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Roussanne

Like its conventional blending partner Marsanne, Roussane is most frequently associated with the northern Rhone Valley. It joins Marsanne as the only white varieties grown in the appellations of St. Joseph, Hermitage, and Crozes-Hermitage. When blended, these two varieties produce rich, full-bodied white wines that reach their finest expression in...
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