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Qupé Central Coast Syrah 2018

Red Wine from USA - California
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One of the original Rhône Rangers, Qupe have been making wonderful Rhône inspired reds in California since the early 1980's. This damson, violet and leather-scented syrah has complexity and character.
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Code: US10191

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2028
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Qupé

Robert Neil ‘Bob’ Lindquist is a Midwesterner who moved to Southern California with his family as a youngster in 1964, going on to study at UC Irvine close to his hometown of Costa Mesa as the 1960s gave way to the 1970s.

It was here that Bob got to taste good wine for the first time and he was fascinated enough to seek a job with a local wine merchant. By 1975 he had decided that wine was his choice of career, and he moved his young family north.

After one or two jobs he ended up being recommended by his friend Jim Clendenen (of Au Bon Climat fame) for a job at Zaca Mesa winery where Jim was assistant winemaker. In 1982 he began to make his own wines by trading his pay packets for time with the estate’s equipment, buying in grapes and barrels himself.

In 1983 he struck out on his own and rented space in other wineries, and the rest, as the old cliché goes, is history. It was not long before he decided that he was going to focus his attention on syrah and other Rhône grape varieties such as marsanne, roussanne and grenache, together with some chardonnay. In 1989 he built a winery together with Jim Clendenen, one which they share to this day. He now lives with his family in San Luis Obispo where he acquired a vineyard in 2002, and is now farming his 40 hectare Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard biodynamically.

The name Qupé (pronounced kyoo-pay) comes from the language of the Chumash Indians who lived in the area historically, and means poppy, and thus a stylised poppy appears on the ...
Robert Neil ‘Bob’ Lindquist is a Midwesterner who moved to Southern California with his family as a youngster in 1964, going on to study at UC Irvine close to his hometown of Costa Mesa as the 1960s gave way to the 1970s.

It was here that Bob got to taste good wine for the first time and he was fascinated enough to seek a job with a local wine merchant. By 1975 he had decided that wine was his choice of career, and he moved his young family north.

After one or two jobs he ended up being recommended by his friend Jim Clendenen (of Au Bon Climat fame) for a job at Zaca Mesa winery where Jim was assistant winemaker. In 1982 he began to make his own wines by trading his pay packets for time with the estate’s equipment, buying in grapes and barrels himself.

In 1983 he struck out on his own and rented space in other wineries, and the rest, as the old cliché goes, is history. It was not long before he decided that he was going to focus his attention on syrah and other Rhône grape varieties such as marsanne, roussanne and grenache, together with some chardonnay. In 1989 he built a winery together with Jim Clendenen, one which they share to this day. He now lives with his family in San Luis Obispo where he acquired a vineyard in 2002, and is now farming his 40 hectare Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard biodynamically.

The name Qupé (pronounced kyoo-pay) comes from the language of the Chumash Indians who lived in the area historically, and means poppy, and thus a stylised poppy appears on the Qupé labels.
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Club Oenologique

Although more of a southern Rhone blend than a straight syrah, this has plenty of syrah’s pepper and floral notes on the nose and palate. A juicy, fruit-driven wine, with plenty of easy drinking appeal.

Natasha Hughes MW

Press & Journal

Scents of dark berry coulis and pure blackberry, black cherry and black olive lead you to a full-bodied glassful of ripe, rich, dark berries. Tannins are structured and the finish is long.

Carol Brown

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