2018 Qupe Syrah Central Coast
Winemaker Notes: Deep purple color with aromas of blackberry, black raspberries, and hints of cola and leather. Flavors are savory with a spicy smoky character, refreshing juicy acidity and a touch of French oak. Balanced alcohol gives the wine a suppleness that makes it an easy drinker.
We source Syrah 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. We experienced above-average rainfall at the onset of 2018 on the Central Coast. As the growing season progressed, rainfall tapered off and dry conditions returned. Daytime temperatures throughout Summer and early Fall leading up to harvest were mild — promoting the slow, even ripening of deeply concentrated fruit. Yields were average in 2018, producing a well-rounded vintage characterized by deep color, balance and expressive fruit flavors.
Tasting Panel - "Aged 16 months in (15% new) François Frères Burgundy barrels, this Syrah-dominant blend with 13% Grenache, 3% Tempranillo, and 2% Mourvèdre comprises fruit sourced from vineyards spanning from Santa Ynez to Paso Robles. With an echo of the Northern Rhône, it shows the grip, grit, graphite, and bite that true Syrah lovers seek out. Aromas of stemmy dark fruit, earth, and animale make a deep impact, as do flavors of black pepper and juicy plum. The sensational mouthfeel and finish of dark chocolate–covered cherry leave us convinced that this beloved label remains an icon—and a great value to boot."
Wilfred Wong - "The 2018 Qupé Syrah is delicious and nicely textured. This wine shows abundant black fruit and a hint of minerality in its aromas and flavors. Pair it with a well-seasoned lamb stew. "
Jeb Dunnuck - "Coming from a mix of sites and a blend of 82% Syrah, 13% Grenache, and the rest Tempranillo and Mourvèdre, the 2018 Syrah Central Coast sports a saturated ruby/purple color as well as peppery, crunchy notes of blackberries, black raspberries, leafy herbs, and peppered meat. This elegant, medium-bodied, spicy red has loads to love and will evolve for a solid 7-8 years."
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