Qupe Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Vineyard 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
Wine & Spirits - "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."
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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. View all Qupe Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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6 ratings, 5 with reviewsStephen Bazzano - Vernon Rockville, CT410/10/2014
Now this is a real Syrah. Peppery, thick, ripe and a terrific nose. Will buy again.walktard - Tahoe City, CA35/7/2014healea11 - Broomall, PA46/15/2013
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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.Anie - Bay Shore, NY46/13/2013
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Really great tasting wine. Goes well with meat. Will purchase again!!!Joey A - Baldwin, NY36/13/2013
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very smooth...a palate's delightNiCkItA - Copiague, NY46/13/2013
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This is a great tasting wine. A very smooth wine that would go great with any type of red meat! YUM
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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