Qupé Winery Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard 2006
This wine is 100% Syrah from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley in the very northern reaches of Santa Barbara County. It comes from two distinct blocks at Bien Nacido: 54% from Block Eleven “Baja,” a hillside planted in 1997, and 46% from the X Block, planter to Riesling in 1973 - grafted to Syrah in 1986. The X Block is out oldest Syrah block at Bien Nacido and is now being farmed using biodynamic practices. Syrah at Bien Nacido was as good, if not better, in 2006 than in the excellent year of 2005. The cool vintage yielded a very fragrant and spicy Syrah with lots of black and white pepper, lavender and deep berry fruit. This wine has plenty of depth and body but with a sleek, crisp mouthfeel that makes you keep wanting more.
Editorial Reviews for Qupé Winery Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard
A distinctively styled Syrah with plenty of peppery notes on the nose as well as hints of grilled meats and crushed autumnal flowers. In the mouth there is a lovely snap to the youthful texture and real depth here. The flavors range from slightly stringent red apple skins to juicier wild red berries but remain rather elegant and particularly fresh with a lovely finish of middle eastern spices and sapwood. This will benefit from several years in the cellar. 93pts
40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre (Both from the Ibarra-Young block in Los Olivos) and 20% Grenache (3/5 of which is from the Alisos Vineyard and 2/5 from Purisima Mtn. Vineyard, both a few miles outside of Los Olivos). Picked late in this cool season and aged 13 months in neutral french oak. Great ripe fruit flavors with balanced acidity. On the nose, hints of licorice, bing cherry and italian herbs. I also got a very strong presence of ripe red apple. Really bright flavors of red berry and licorice on the palate with a stereotypical herbaceous note. Los Olivos is fighting to gain its own AVA status and I imagine it will win that battle in the near future. I liked this wine quite a bit, but if you try it and disagree with any of my notes, may I mention that I drank this bad boy out of a dixie cup in a hot tub. ; ) sidenote: it did give me a little bit of a headache as all Qupe wines do to me. But I still love them.