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Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido 2010

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While Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir make up the majority of red wine produced in California, there are a few producers (Qupe among them) working with Syrah, with some very good results. "The 2010 Syrah impresses for its length and textural finesse. This is a medium-bodied, feminine style of Syrah. The wine shows quite a bit of polish and overall harmony for its price point."Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Region: USA » California
Winery: Qupé
Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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
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Editorial Reviews for Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,383
3.50 5
09/12/2013

Lovely nose, faintly animal, olive, gamy, leathery, and spicy with hints of green peppercorn on the nose. Somewhat light and elegant up front then picking up a faint edge of sweetness with just a hint of ashiness. This has a lovely texture with fine grained tannins, poppy seed accents to the slightly gamy bright red raspberry and loganberry fruit,and a very clean and fresh finish with small angular tannins. This is a lovely bistro styled syrah, it's just a little short at this point, but offers a superb blend of drinkability, variety character and subtle complexity in this style. 88pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,383
4.40 5
09/12/2013

Four and a half glasses



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While Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir make up the majority of red wine produced in California, there are a few producers (Qupe among them) working with Syrah, with some very good results. "The 2010 Syrah impresses for its length and textural finesse. This is a medium-bodied, feminine style of Syrah. The wine shows quite a bit of polish and overall harmony for its price point."Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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