Bob Lindquist is a pioneer in Santa Barbara winemaking. He planted some of the first cool climate Syrah in California at the Bien Nacido vineyard in the 1990s. He became known as one of founding Rhone Rangers, demonstrating that Rhone varietals could succeed in California.
Block 11 is Qupe’s “Reserve” Chardonnay. It is one of the best blocks in the 240 acre vineyard for Chardonnay and has a 10-15 year drinking window.
“Qupé’s 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block Eleven is powerful, rich and super-expressive, showing striking textural depth and plenty of fruit. There is more than enough aromatic freshness and overall nuance to play off the wine’s more extroverted leanings. This is an especially tannic Chardonnay. Give it a few years in bottle to be at its best.” VM 92
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