Crushed and Cured

Qupé, Syrah, Central Coast, California, USA, 2020


Deep purple colour leads into aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, and coffee followed by a savoury palate with a spicy smoky character and refreshing acidity. The balanced alcohol gives the wine a suppleness that makes it an easy drinker.

Qupé focuses on cool climate expressions of Rhône varietals along the Central Coast of Santa Barbara Country. Due to a their positioning, right next to the cool Pacific Ocean, they are set apart from most other regions of California. 

Syrah is sourced 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. 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.

Country: United States

Region: Central Coast,  California

Vintage: 2020

Grape Variety: Syrah (82%), Grenache (11%), Other (7%)

ABV: 13.5%

Size: 750ml 

Producer: Qupé