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- Written by Fred Swan
- Created on Sunday, 13 October 2013 23:43
News that majority interest in Qupé has been sold sent me to my cellar for a bottle of their wine to enjoy with dinner. First to hand was this 2010 Qupé Mourvedre which I purchased at their tasting room this time last year. The wine also promised to be a good choice for our dinner of braised pork and ratatouille.
Upon first opening, the 2010 Qupé Mourvedre Ibarra-Young expresses aromas of tangy spice and berries with white pepper. With time and greater temperature, black cherry emerges and so, eventually, does garrigue. Sips reveal medium+ body and flavors of black cherry, five spice and leather. The moderate tannins of fine-powder are congenial, providing just the right amount structure. Even further air and warming add to both the body and length, making the wine quite enjoyable with or without food. The 2010 Qupé is a very good Central Coast Mourvedre, spice-driven yet well-fruited. Consider decanting it briefly. Drink now through 2016. Recommended+.
2010 Qupé Mourvedre Ibarra-Young Vineyard Santa Ynez
Drink: now through 2016
Retail Price: ~$25, sold out at the winery
Winemaker: Bob Lindquist
Origin: Ibarra-Young Vineyard, Santa Ynez
Temperature: 58º - 62º F
Food Pairings: braised pork shoulder, seared duck breast
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- Written by Fred Swan
- Created on Monday, 09 April 2012 19:45
Mourvedre is a very late ripening variety. In Dry Creek Valley, with its sun, warmth and relatively dry Autumns, the grapes can ripen fully in most years. It’s Mourvedre wines shows better balance between savory and sweet than is found in wines from many of its French growing regions. The 2009 Quivira Mourvedre is a fine example.
This wine is dark ruby in color and opens with aromas of leather, black pepper, savory spices, black cherry and black berry. The palate follows suit but emphasizes the dark fruit and non-pepper spice. With a little time breathing in the glass, and perhaps rising a degree or two in temperature, the leather and black pepper dissipate almost completely. Chocolate emerges in their place. The tannins also evolve. Out of the bottle they are very fine but grainy. Later, or with a bite of meat, they are pleasantly powdery and add depth to the wine’s body. The 2009 Quivira Mourvedre is a very good, modern Mourvedre focused on spice and fruit with hints of the grape’s wild background which make it interesting but don’t compromise approachability. Decanting is not required. Drink now through 2015. Try it with smoked duck breast. Highly Recommended.
2009 Quivira Mourvedre Wine Creek Ranch Dry Creek Valley
Rating: Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2015
Release Date: October, 2011
Production: 294 cases
Retail Price: $32.00
Winemaker: Hugh Chappelle
Blend: 88% Mourvedre, 12% Grenache
Origin: Dry Creek Valley
Fermentation: 100% destemmed (but not crushed), native yeast, small open-top fermenters
Aging: 18 months in French oak puncheons (500 liter) and foudres (600 gallon)
The wine above was received from the winery for review.You may also enjoy this article:
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