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2009 Qupe Roussanne Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate Santa Maria Valley
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Light, bright gold.  Intense aromas of candied pear, quince and anise, with suave floral and ginger qualities adding a vibrant quality.  Lush, sappy and focused, displaying energetic orchard fruit flavors complemented by deeper hints of peach pit and marzipan.  The pear note carries through on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity. 

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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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