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Product code: 3948

Qupé, Syrah, Central Coast, California, USA, 2017

Qupé, Syrah, Central Coast, California, USA, 2017

Producer Profile

Qupé focuses on cool climate expressions of Rhône varietals along the Central Coast of Santa Barbara Country.

Due to a their positioning, right next to the cool Pacific Ocean, they are set apart from most other regions of California. They are a proud member of the Rhone Rangers, America’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone varietal wines. Their founder, Bob Lindquist, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and the Californian poppy logo of the winery is now world renowned.


A wet winter turned quickly into a dry spring and summer, with steady growing conditions apart from a warm spike in September which stalled many of the late-ripening varieties. Luckily, the dry, consistent fall conditions enabled a long hangtime. The resulting wines have good concentration and excellent fruit character.


10% whole clusters in open-top fermenters before destemming the rest. Fermentation was in a combination of small open-top fermenters using manual punch down, and larger closed-top tanks using pump overs. The wine was aged for 16 months in François Frères Burgundy barrels, 15% new.

Oak Treatment

Time: 16 Months
Type: French Burgundy
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 15

Tasting Note

An immediately attractive deep purple colour leads into aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, and coffee followed by a savory palate with a spicy smoky character and refreshing acidity. The balanced alcohol gives the wine a suppleness that makes it an easy drinker.

Technical Details
Syrah 86%
Grenache 7%
Others 7%

Screw cap


Still wine

Case Size:
12 x 75cl