2010 Qupe "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Grenache

SKU #1110381 90 points 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.  (11/2012)

90 points 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)  (8/2012)

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.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2013 | Send Email
This young vineyard is producing very good quality grenache. Bright, savory, slightly peppery and wonderfully balanced. If you like Grenache that is not in the riper style, then this would be a good one to try.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2013 | Send Email
This is a wine that makes me look forward to summer bbq's! Bright red cherry and raspberry fruit, floral and lightly spicy, with soft peppery spice and tanins. A truly refreshing, low abv red to sip outside with chicken or lamb fresh off the grill.

Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2013 | Send Email
Red cherry, raspberry, pepper, spice, mineral with medium plus acidity and medium tannin. This wine is from the Demeter certified Biodynamic Sawyer Linquist vineyard in Edna Valley. A distinct, varietally correct, delicious Grenache. Awesome.

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5