Qupe Bien Nacido Syrah 2006

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California

Item No. 99159
  • red wine
  • W&S93
  • ST90
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

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.

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.

Critical Acclaim

"Peppery tannins frame the cool red apple- and plum-skin flavors, a firm structure that grows expansive with air. The pepper notes provide a savory backdrop to the sharp juniper and succulent red plum flavors. A fine, elegant expression of Bien Nacido's cool climate that shows remarkable depth and concentration while feeling light and juicy. It will become more complex with five to eight years in the cellar."
93 Points

" "Saturated ruby-red. Cherry, blackberry, Indian spices and cracked pepper on the nose, plus a subtle floral quality. Pliant dark berry flavors are firmed by juicy acidity and fine-grained tannins, picking up candied licorice on the back end. Gains weight with air and finishes with lingering spice and licorice character." "
90 Points

Learn About Qupe Map ItMap It

Qupe was founded in 1982 by Bob Lindquist. Located at the Bien Nacido Vineyard in northern Santa Barbara County, Qupe's current production is about 25,000 cases. Varietals produced include Chardonnay, Syrah, Marsanne, Viognier, a Syrah/Mourvedre blend, a Viognier/Chardonnay blend and Roussanne.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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