2010 Qupe "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Grenache
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry, redcurrant, fresh rose and allspice. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering flavors of sweet red berries, candied flowers and five-spice powder. Finishes spicy and precise, with gentle tannins and very good length. An elegant rendition of the variety that clocks in at a modest 13.5% alcohol, which is lower even than many pinots from this neck of the woods.
Wine & Spirits
Exuberant red fruit pours out of this wine, grown by the Lindquist family on a hilly site planted in 2005, Demeter certified in 2009. It’s clean and spicy on the surface, with some earthy grit driving the light tannins underneath. A summery red for lamb chops off the grill. (500 cases)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Grenache Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard emerges from the glass with sweet red cherries, flowers and anise. This mid-weight, feminine Grenache stands out for its perfumed, silky fruit and excellent balance. This is a fresh, vinous style best suited for drinking over the next few years. In 2010, the blend is 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah, which includes 10% of 2011 Grenache added to compensate for the small 2010 crop. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015. I have tasted the Qupe wines since the mid-1990s, when I sold them in one of Boston’s top restaurants. This year I found some of the entry-level wines terrific, especially considering their very fair prices.
This gorgeous, fragrant Grenache is whole-cluster pressed, and contains 13% Syrah, adding depth and complexity. Lithe and elegant, this shows the sophisticated side of Grenache and represents a great value.