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Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine represents about half of the wine we made in 2009. It is a blend of 98% syrah, 1% tempranillo and 1% mourvedre; it is 70% cool climate fruit (45% Santa Barbara County, 25% Edna Valley) and 30% warm climate Paso Robles; the vineyards are French Camp (Paso Robles) 30%, Sawyer Lindquist (Edna Valley) 25%, Bien Nacido (Santa Maria Valley) 24%, Chabot (Santa Barbara County) 18%, Ibarra-Young (Santa Ynez Valley) 2.5% and Alisos (Santa Barbara County) 0.5%. This is a classic Central Coast syrah, combining the spice and acidity of the cool climate grapes with the forward fruit of the warm climate grapes. It has the balance to be age worthy...in fact we just received an email the other day from a customer telling us how much they enjoyed a bottle of our 1989 Syrah-Central Coast! Best to drink it though and save your cellar space for our single vineyard syrahs.

Critical Acclaim

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Bob Lindquist made 17,000 cases of this vibrant syrah, a wine that can play in the big leagues without the usual price to match. It runs on cool spice, a peppery spark against a quiet rumble of chocolate. The texture is light, striking a balance that will work with braised pork.
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Qupe, Central Coast, California
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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.

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.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by 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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