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Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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0% ABV
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Winemaker 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.

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RP 88
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
CG 88
Connoisseurs' Guide
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.
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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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Central Coast

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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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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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