2012 Qupé "Sonnie's - Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" Edna Valley Syrah (Previously $50+)

SKU #1321208 93 points Wine & Spirits

 An annual selection of the best barrels off of the hilly, gravelly site that Bob Lindquist planted in 2005, Sonnie's bursts with refreshing, detailed fruit in 2012, the flavors as dark and juicy as mulberries and black plums yet lively and mouthwatering, holding tightly to the stony cool of its structure. It's pretty irresistible now, but has an effortless balance that will allow it to age gracefully.  (10/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bob Lindquist shows his mastery of cool-climate fruit with this bottling, which is redolent of asphalt, cracked black pepper, rosemary, lavender and damson plum. It's fairly light in body but strong in tarry structure, offering loads of cracked peppercorn flavor with its juicy purple fruit. (MK)  (7/2017)

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By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2018 | Send Email
How fortunate to have this wine at the low price of $19.99 as it truly is outstanding. A wonderfully structured Syrah of finesse with all the savory notes of tobacco, dark chocolate, leather, fresh plums with some black pepper that make the mouth water wanting more. Bob Lindquist, the founder of Qupé and one of the first "Rhone Rangers" is truly a composer of great Syrah and you'll understand when you pour your glass and hear it singing.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2018 | Send Email
Wow! This is one of the most serious wines I've ever selected in the sub-$20 price point. That's because it typically sells for $50+! Qupe has long been a staff favorite here at K&L...especially those releases coming from the Biodynamically farmed Sawyer-Lindquist estate property. Sonnie's Syrah represents the very best blocks and barrels of any given vintage - simply put - the best Syrah they can make. I'm super excited we can offer this simply stunning wine at more than 60% off its typical retail at the winery! Sadly some much chronicled events involving the parent company has forced the hand of the winery to sell some gems like this to us for a fraction of their worth. The wine is in perfect condition, just entering its prime drinking window after 5 years in bottle. A classically brooding, gamey, smokey Syrah, with violet tones, dark fruit, dried herbs, peppered steak, earthy elements underpinning the deep, succulent fruit. Drink anytime between now and 2028.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
This time of year is my favorite time of year to indulge on a lot of Syrah, and Qupe's Sonnie S Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard syrah is sure to be a repeat offender on my list... Especially at the 20 dollar price point. You really can't go wrong with this one. Six years of age, rich notes of black currant, white pepper, and brilliant acid. This syrah is asking for more and more each sip and before you know it, it's already gone. I think we found the California Syrah steal of the century.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2018 | Send Email
This, folks, is a steal. The Qupe wines are some of the oldest and most reliable in Santa Barbara County, and Bob Lindquist knows this area like the back of his hand. The wines are made with quality and structure, and a bottle like this with a few years of age is just beginning to hit its stride. Look for silky tannin, dark berry and bramble fruit, licorice, cured meat and a very long, lingering finish.

By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2018 | Send Email
This is a killer deal for Central Coast Syrah from a very cool climate. In the glass, mushroom and herbal notes shine through with underlying plum and blackberry. On the palate you get that classic Syrah black pepper with gamy savoriness, violet and earth. If rustic, earthy Syrahs are your thing, pick some of this up!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2018 | Send Email
The 2012 “Sonnie’s” is a spicy, high toned, medium bodied wine that glides across the palate with a savory, lingering finish. It is not overdone or heavily oaked. Hints of blueberries, white pepper and grilled meats highlight this delicious Syrah. The Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley was planted in 2005 and received biodynamic certification from the Demeter Association in 2009.

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- 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.

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.


- 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.