2011 Qupe Alisos Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara County
This wine is 100% Syrah from the Alisos Vineyard. Alisos is near the town of Los Alamos and sits on a mostly west facing slope situated between the Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys. The grapes for this wine came from the “older vines” at Alisos; an Estrella clone planted in 1991 on its own roots.
The grapes were destemmed then fermented in small open top fermenters. Three days of cold soak, were followed by a 12 day fermentation with twice a day manual punch downs. After pressing, the wine was aerated then put into French oak barrels. It was aged a total of 15 months using 30% new François Freres barrels. A selection of finest barrels was made and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Aromas of black pepper, rosemary and earth follow through to the palate along with deep, berry flavors. The tannins are significant and the wine should be put down for a few years before consuming. If you keep a cellar, this wine will easily go for a decade beyond.