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Review from the Cellar - 2010 Qupé Mourvedre Ibarra-Young Vineyard

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
Rating: Recommended+

Drink: now through 2016
Closure: Cork
Retail Price: ~$25, sold out at the winery

Winemaker: Bob Lindquist
Origin: Ibarra-Young Vineyard, Santa Ynez
Alcohol: 13.5%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: optional

Temperature: 58º - 62º F

Food Pairings: braised pork shoulder, seared duck breast

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Disclosures: The FTC has tightened its guidelines with respect to online ads, reviews, blogs, etc. in response to people who are passing paid ads off as personal recommendations or who accept samples of expensive hard goods in exchange for reviews. My lengthy disclosure here is meant to address those guidelines.

The review above reflects my personal experience with the product. It is not a paid ad, nor do I accept ads or compensation for reviews from wine producers. Reviews may cover products that I have purchased, received as samples, or tried under other circumstances I consider to be good tasting conditions. Receiving a product as a sample does not obligate me to review it positively (or at all) and I do not consider samples to be compensation or “free wine.” I have purchased plenty of wine over the years and have more of that than I can drink. Samples are opened for review purposes, not added to my personal cellar or taken to restaurants.

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