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2011 Qupe Marsanne Santa Ynez Valley
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88 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(includes 21% roussanne):  Light, bright yellow.  Aromas of green apple, peach and ginger, with a subtle floral topnote.  Juicy and light on its feet, offering energetic orchard fruit and lemon rind flavors that show a refreshingly bitter quality.  The slightly drying finish shows good tangy persistence.

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