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Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005

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Notes on the Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005 : WINEMAKER NOTES: This is an outstanding bottling of our Central Coast Syrah, ranking alongside the 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2003. The cool climate Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande fruit give the wine the whole range of spice characters, nicely offset by the forward, rich fruit character of warmer Paso Robles. The alcohol comes in just under 14%, which I'm very happy about. Sure, this wine will age beautifully, but what's the point? Drink it with pleasure over the next couple years and save your cellar space for more important wines.QUPE CENTRAL COAST SYRAH 2005

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Qupé:
Qupé is dedicated to producing handcrafted Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast. We employ traditional winemaking techniques to make wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources. Our goal is to make wines with impeccable balance that can be enjoyed in their youth, yet because of the good acidity from cool vineyard sites can also benefit from ageing. ... Read more
Qupé is dedicated to producing handcrafted Rhône varietals and Chardonnay from California’s Central Coast. We employ traditional winemaking techniques to make wines that are true to type and speak of their vineyard sources. Our goal is to make wines with impeccable balance that can be enjoyed in their youth, yet because of the good acidity from cool vineyard sites can also benefit from ageing. We are committed to sourcing grapes from some of the best and most prestigious vineyards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Qupé Wine Cellars is located on the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, California. Qupé shares a production facility with Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat, and together they have a production and sales support staff. Jim Adelman is the General Manager and also shares winemaking duties. Once a year, during harvest, visiting winemakers and wine professionals with various backgrounds (many from different states and countries) in the wine business come to work with Bob and Jim at the winery to share techniques and ideas. Focusing on fruit grown in the Central Coast Appellation of California, Qupé produces Rhone varietals and Chardonnay. A majority of Qupé’s wines (about 50%) are made from grapes grown on the Bien Nacido Vineyard, where the Syrah and Chardonnay are planted and grown to Bob’s specifications. In addition to Bien Nacido, Qupé also farms (using organic practices) a 14 acre vineyard in Los Olivos called “Ibarra-Young Vineyard.” The balance of the Qupé wines are made from grapes grown at various vineyards in the Central Coast appellation of California. Bob and his wife Louisa have recently purchased an 80 acre vineyard site in the Edna Valley which they began planting in the spring of 2005. This vineyard will be developed and farmed under the rigorous principles of Biodynamic Farming. Read less

Member Reviews for Qupe Central Coast Syrah

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Snooth User: pelon66
2948240
3.50 5
10/20/2007

One of my faves, this is the ticket if you like big fruity wines. Hints of spice and a floral aroma but otherwise a pretty soft and easy drinker. A great Syrah for under $20. Actually, it's not just Syrah, it's 84% Syrah, 6% Grenache, 4% Counoise, 3% Mourvedre and a bit of Mondeuse, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.


Snooth User: trainer leslie
4041122
4.00 5
01/03/2008

This is a fruit forward and sometimes jammy tasting goody. It's fun to drink and I like it with or without food. In my experience, it's not the easiest wine to match with the foods I'm eating, but it still it great to drink on its own.


3.00 5
03/21/2008

Piercingly hot nose on this one. The flavors are of brown spice, leather and oak. It's jammy, but not in a bad way, with dark fruit flavors. Color has a pleasant garnet rim to it.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
4.00 5
03/21/2008

Really well balanced, smooth fruity and earthy tones, that slight buttery finish that makes me want to down the whole bottle. This wine is freakin delicious, and a good buy for the price.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
03/21/2008

Nice light earthiness, decent syrah fleshiness, but not overpowering. A touch hot on the nose and in the mouth, so let stand for a while. Long finish on the spiciness of the syrah with some oak to add body. Good.


Snooth User: jdepetrillo
97972462
0.00 5
06/22/2009

Dark red. Tight. Not very complex. Bitter fruit, mild tannin, no finish


Snooth User: DeLovely
19368369
4.00 5
06/09/2009

Deep, not drowning though. Notes of flowers and oranges take me back to Hawaii. Will seek another bottle, maybe different vintage, to store away.


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External Reviews for Qupe Central Coast Syrah

External Review
06/24/2007

This is a tasty and aromatic Syrah from Rhône-grape specialist Qupé. This medium-bodied wine boasts classic Syrah flavors: black fruit with a touch of black pepper.


External Review
10/16/2008

Long time Rhone Ranger vintner, Bob Lindquist of Qupé Wine Cellars, has been at theforefront of experimentation with Rhone varietals in California. Over a decade ago, he hit uponthe idea of combining Viognier with Chardonnay; while the percentage of each varietal in theblend has changed over the years, in recent vintages he’s settled on an even amount of each. As tasty as this combo is, it’s a wonder that more Rhone style oriented winemakers haven’tproduced this unusual white wine blend. Perhaps Lindquist has just found the right vineyard sitesin Santa Maria Valley that really make it work in the bottle.The 2005 version has incredible aromatics with white florals, citrus, ripe peach and asense of minerality apparent. The flavors are equally compelling with citrus, apricot, pear,pineapple, peach skins as well as delicate florals and an undertone of wet stones. It really doeshave that much going on and it’s all going on in harmony on the palate; like a diamond withmany facets, this blend easily reveals multi-dimensional flavors. The texture is silky and richwith just the right weight on the palate, while a finely honed spark of acidity on the finish keepsthings fresh and lively, inviting another sip. And here’s the real deal: all this deliciousness for only $18. These days, it’s hard to find apremium Chard for that price and you sure as heck aren’t going to find a top Viognier for thattariff. Here you get ‘em both, in a unique combo, for one low priced admission.



Notes on the Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005 : WINEMAKER NOTES: This is an outstanding bottling of our Central Coast Syrah, ranking alongside the 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2003. The cool climate Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande fruit give the wine the whole range of spice characters, nicely offset by the forward, rich fruit character of warmer Paso Robles. The alcohol comes in just under 14%, which I'm very happy about. Sure, this wine will age beautifully, but what's the point? Drink it with pleasure over the next couple years and save your cellar space for more important wines.QUPE CENTRAL COAST SYRAH 2005

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