2010 Qupe "Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah

SKU #1158831 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More masculine (very common for all varieties from Bien Nacido) with lots of minerality, leather, gunpowder and meaty qualities that are grounded by a core of smoky dark fruit, the 2010 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard is a structured, tannic effort that needs 2-3 years of bottle age. It will have 10-12+ years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2022.  (8/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Ruby-red. Pungent, high-pitched cherry and licorice scents pick up spiciness with air. Suave, very deep red fruit preserve flavors are nicely supported by juicy acidity. Dusty tannins come on late and carry through the long, focused finish. This graceful, energetic syrah checks in at a relatively low 13.5% alcohol.  (12/ 2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Classic Qupe Bien Nacido Syrah-dry, full-bodied and ageable. It has complex flavors of blackberries, crisped bacon, black pepper and cedar. The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, with young, firm tannins. Give it a vigorous decant if you want to drink it before 2016.  (10/ 2013)

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By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/12/2014  | Send Email
I usually mark my favorite wines in a tasting lineup by drawing a little heart next to it, and when I went back to see my notes, there were three hearts next to the Bien Nacido Syrah. Yup, that's how much I love this wine, never had a bad bottle from these guys. The reason why I love their Syrah is how elegant and balanced they are. I get lots of black olive, pepper, and blackberry aromas followed by leathery, earthy flavors and a cured meat sensation. Always bright on the palate with good acidity (remember, acid is your friend), and a complex and silky finish. Go ahead, try a bottle and then you can draw a little heart next to your notes (or whatever it is you do... )

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/7/2014  | Send Email
An absolute benchmark for Syrah in California. Tremendous purity and varietal correctness, this Syrah offers the classic combination of rich dark fruit and savory meaty character. Beautifully balanced by fine tannin and fresh acidity, it represents the type of highly affordable and highly enjoyable wines we are all looking for in life! A few will be finding their way to my cellar very soon.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
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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.
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California

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5