Qupe Central Coast Syrah
Juicy, ripe berry flavors enhanced by spicy pepper aromatics and a smoky finish. It is well structured with crisp acidity from the cool climate and juicy fruit qualities from the warmer regions.
$28.00 / Bottle $336.00 / Case
In 1982, while still working at Zaca Mesa, Robert Neil “Bob” Lindquist started Qupé by buying barrels and Syrah and traded his time to use Zaca Mesa’s facility. In that first vintage he made 900 cases of Chardonnay, Syrah and a dry Rose. After the 1983 harvest, Bob left Zaca Mesa and went off on his own, continuing to rent space in other wineries to make the Qupé wines. As the winery’s production grew, Bob decided to focus on Syrah and other varietals of the Rhone, while continuing to make Chardonnay.
In 1989 Bob joined with his old friend Jim Clendenen (who had started his own winery, Au Bon Climat, in 1982) to build a winery facility of their own under a lease agreement with the Bien Nacido Vineyard. The wines continue to be produced in this same facility to this day. Bob’s two oldest sons, Ethan and Luke Lindquist, are also winemakers and spent plenty of time around the ABC/Qupe winery. Daughter Paige runs the Qupe tasting room and wine club.
Qupe Central Coast Syrah represents about half of Qupe's total production in 2008. The wine is a blend from 12 different vineyards in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties with the largest vineyard components being: Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley; French Camp in Paso Robles; Chabot in the Los Alamos area and their new Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the EdnaValley. It's a cool climate syrah to warm climate Syrah and everything in between. The cool climate components bring the spice and refreshing acidity, the warm climate grapes bring the juicy, fruity components.