Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 100619
  • RP88
  • CG88
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

This is an outstanding bottling of our Central Coast Syrah, ranking alongside the 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2003. The cool climate Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande fruit give the wine the whole range of spice characters, nicely offset by the forward, rich fruit character of warmer Paso Robles. The alcohol comes in just under 14%, which I'm very happy about. Sure, this wine will age beautifully, but what's the point? Drink it with pleasure over the next couple years and save your cellar space for more important wines.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2005 Syrah Central Coast (20,000 cases produced) is a knock-out bargain for a Rhone Ranger offering. Dark ruby with loads of peppery berry fruit touched by roasted Provencal herbs, it possesses supple tannin, impressive purity and overall harmony, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This beauty should drink nicely for 4-5 years."
88 Points

"This young and unevolved bottling wins its star for what it will become rather than for what it is now. It is long on ripe blueberry and cherry-like fruit in its sweet aromas and frontal flavors, and shows a smattering of peppery spice. It tightens up on the latter palate after a comparatively fat entry with obvious acids closing things off at the end, yet there is a real sense of depth at work here, and the wine deserves a few years in which to fully unfold."
88 Points

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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/28/2010)
Smooth and supple, this is what could be termed a cocktail wine. Great ripe fruit, lovely spice and herbs, and it’s balanced. The fruit is sweet and ripe and easy going down. Not a wine if you’re seeking amazing structure but this wine is layered with flavors and quite delicious with meat.
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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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