Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Vineyard 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The Hillside Estate Syrah shows notes of black pepper, raspberries, cola and Provençal herbs. The flavors round out into friendly accents of sweet French oak. This is a high-quality wines that could benefit from a few years in the cellar.
"Black cherries, plums, menthol, licorice and tobacco all burst from the glass in the 2008 Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate. This is one of the most intense, powerful wines I have ever tasted from Qupe, but there is more than enough depth and pure texture in the fruit to fill out the broad shoulders nicely. A dark, brooding finish full of intrigue adds character and complexity. The 2008 is big, explosive and exuberant. And drop-dead gorgeous. If opened today, the 2008 needs quite a bit of air, but it is fabulous. Bob Lindquist gave the 2008 20 months in Francois Freres barrels, 50% new."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Massive blackberry, cherry, currant and mocha flavors characterize this dry, potent Syrah. At the age of five, it’s round and mellow in the mouth, with firm tannins and a gentle scour of acidity. Just beginning to show its stuff. Drink now–2018."
"Glass-staining ruby. Vibrant aromas of cassis, cherry-cola, candied licorice and Asian spices. Juicy, supple and sweet, with intense cassis and red berry flavors complicated by notes of lavender, licorice, fresh herbs and black pepper. Very syrah in character. Bright acidity adds cut to the long, gently tannic, penetrating finish."
International Wine Cellar
"Grown at a five-acre block planted for Bob Lindquist in 1992, this is pent-up in dense tannin and wood, along with a suggestion of salted plum fruit. With a day of air the tannins are still resolute, but the wine is more layered—its stony, foresty savor supporting a bright ping of cool blue fruit. There’s plenty of acidity to freshen the imposing frame, it just needs time—a 2001 Hillside Estate tasted recently was just hitting its stride; a ’96 was perfectly resolved."
Wine & Spirits
Big & Bold
A wet bold red with a little bit of a spicy after taste. Based on the other reviews I plan to try it with steak. Usually I prefer a little more fruity, shiraz. So far Jim Berry Shiraz has been my favorite.
Smooth & Supple
Really great tasting wine. Goes well with meat. Will purchase again!!!
Smooth & Supple
This is a great tasting wine. A very smooth wine that would go great with any type of red meat! YUM
Learn About Qupe Map 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.
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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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