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Qupe A Modern Red 2013

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2013 A Modern Red is Qupe’s take on a classic Cotes-du-Rhone. This blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre has lots of bright, well-rounded fruit with savory hints of pepper, spice and earth. This completely handmade wine spends 16 months in neutral French oak barrels before the master blend is assembled.

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This is a new wine from Bob Lindquist, a blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre grown throughout California’s Central Coast, from the cool Santa Maria Valley to the warm hills of Paso Robles. The range of climates gives a wine that’s generous and tart at once. There’s a simple, delicious clarity to its flavor, a red raspberry juiciness that hints at gamey savor at the edges. It’s polished and ready to drink, with none of the overt sweetness that muddles many California red blends at this price. Buy a case for summer cookouts.
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Over the years, Qupé Wine Cellars has been one of California top producers amongst wineries working with Rhône grape varieties. The 2013 Qupé A Modern Red—comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre—exhibits dark fruits, dust, and leather in its flavors. The smooth aftertaste makes it immediately drinkable. (Tasted: July 26, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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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.
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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, red Rhône blends originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley. Grenache, supported by Syrah and Mourvèdre typically form the base of the blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. With some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in Priorat, Washington, Australia and California.

Tasting Notes for Rhône Blends

A Rhône blend is a dry, red wine and will vary according to its individual components, as each variety brings something different to the glass. Grenache is the lightest in color but contributes plenty of ripe red fruit and a plush texture. Syrah supplies dark fruit flavors, along with savory, spicy and earthy notes. Mourvèdre is responsible for a floral perfume and earthy flavor as well as structure and a healthy dose of color. New World examples tend to be fruit-forward in style, while those from the Old World will often have more earth, structure and herbal components on top of ripe red and blue fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Rhône Blends

Rhône Blends work with a wide variety of meat-based dishes, playing equally well with beef, pork, lamb or game. Braised beef cheeks, grilled steak or sausages, roasted pork and squab are all fine pairings.

Sommelier Secrets for Rhône Blends

Some regions like to put their own local spin on the red Rhône blend—for example, in Australia’s Barossa Valley, Shiraz is commonly blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to add structure, tannin and a long finish. Grenache-based blends from Priorat often include Carignan (known locally as Cariñena) and Syrah, but also international varieties like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, anything goes, and it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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