Under the direction of veteran winemaker Bob Lindquist, Qupé was one of the first to advocate American-made Syrah and other Rhône varietals such as Grenache, Roussanne, and Marsanne. Bob has been a leader in the movement producing world class editions since the early 1980s and continues his quest with the same zeal he started with. His fastidious, open minded nature ensures Qupé wines are the ultimate expression of that varietal from that location year after year.
The aromas are heady and spicy, with a black pepper character normally associated with Syrah. It has that classic wild cherry aroma as well.
Gorgeous. Layered, perfumed and silky. Balanced with enticing aromas and flavors of blackberry, wild cherry and smoky, peppery spices. Scored 91 points - Vinous.
This is quite an exotic bottling of Qupé Marsanne! Richer, bigger and more complex than the Santa Barbara County Marsanne. It still has that classic peach pit, lanolin and mineral character, with lovely floral aspects from a small addition of Viognier.