Qupé focuses on cool climate expressions of Rhône varietals along the Central Coast of Santa Barbara Country.
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
We used 10% whole clusters in open-top fermenters before destemming the rest. Fermentation was in a combination of small open-top fermenters using manual punch down, and larger closed-top tanks using pump-overs. The wine was aged for 16 months in François Frères Burgundy barrels, 15% new.
In The Vineyard
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.
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.