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Qupé Syrah Central Coast 2003

External Review by Appellation America:

Most years I’m torn between buying the Bien Nacido Reserve Syrah or the Bien Nacido Hillside Estate version. Both are quite good, but each different in their own way. The fundamental difference in the Hillside Estate Syrah is that it is sourced solely from a five acre parcel, on the Bien Nacido hillside, that was specifically custom planted for Qupé in 1992. In 2003, the grapes were picked a little riper that usual (14.4% alcohol) but the good news is that the lower acidity makes the tannins softer and more approachable now, and the lower than normal pH gives the wine a refreshing finish. In the mouth, this Syrah shows terrific intensity and purity of flavors that include, but are not limited to, blackberry, black raspberry, dark plum, vanilla, black pepper, mineral and graphite. All the elements, including the alcohol, seem to rest in perfect balance. This is the total package for those who are fans of cool climate Syrah, dripping with varietal authenticity. <HR>Purchase this wine as part of the Bien Nacido Vineyards Collector’s Case, a unique offering of 12 vineyard designated wines from 12 different winemakers. <HR>

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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... 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. Read less

External Reviews for Qupé Syrah Central Coast

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Most years I’m torn between buying the Bien Nacido Reserve Syrah or the Bien Nacido Hillside Estate version. Both are quite good, but each different in their own way. The fundamental difference in the Hillside Estate Syrah is that it is sourced solely from a five acre parcel, on the Bien Nacido hillside, that was specifically custom planted for Qupé in 1992. In 2003, the grapes were picked a little riper that usual (14.4% alcohol) but the good news is that the lower acidity makes the tannins softer and more approachable now, and the lower than normal pH gives the wine a refreshing finish. In the mouth, this Syrah shows terrific intensity and purity of flavors that include, but are not limited to, blackberry, black raspberry, dark plum, vanilla, black pepper, mineral and graphite. All the elements, including the alcohol, seem to rest in perfect balance. This is the total package for those who are fans of cool climate Syrah, dripping with varietal authenticity. <HR>Purchase this wine as part of the Bien Nacido Vineyards Collector’s Case, a unique offering of 12 vineyard designated wines from 12 different winemakers. <HR>




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