Qupé, Syrah, Central Coast, California, USA, 2018
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.
Syrah is sourced from various vineyards on the Central Coast starting as far south as the Santa Ynez Valley up to the Adelaida District in northern Paso Robles.
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.
Type: French Burgundy
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 15
Deep purple colour with aromas of blackberry, black raspberries and hints of cola and leather. Flavours are savory with a spicy smoky character, refreshing juicy acidity and a touch of French oak. Balanced alcohol gives the wine a suppleness that make it an easy drinker.
The Wine Anorak 94 Points
The Syrah for this wine is sourced from various vineyards on the Central Coast starting as far south as the Santa Ynez Valley up to the Adelaide District in northern Paso Robles. 10% whole clusters in open top fermenters before destemming the rest. The wine was aged for 16 months in François Frères Burgundy barrels, 15% new. Fresh, pure and vivid with some peppery notes under really nice intense, well balanced black cherry fruit. Real purity here as well as some grippy structure. 94/100. JG, April 2022.
12 x 75cl