2014 Qupe Central Coast Syrah
This wine is 88% Syrah, 7% Tempranillo, 4% Grenache and 1% Mourvedre. The main vineyard sources in order of percentage are: Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley; French Camp in Paso Robles; Sawyer Lindquist in the Edna Valley; and Ibarra-Young in the Los Olivos district. As with most recent vintages of this wine, about 2/3 is from cool climate vineyards and about 1/3 from warmer climate Paso Robles.
2014 was a warm vintage, and until 2015 came along, the earliest we had ever harvested Syrah! Harvest started in Paso Robles on August 22nd, about 2-3 weeks earlier than normal, and finished with our last lot of Bien Nacido on September 18th, which is about 5-6 weeks earlier than normal!
All of the lots were fermented separately and then aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 16 months.
This wine is a true reflection of the characteristics of the vintage. Warmer vintages yield a bit softer wine with more forward and generous fruit. It still exhibits our trademark savory aspect with balanced alcohol under 14% (13.8%) and is completely dry. It’s a reflection of the sad state of so many California wines these days that I even have to mention that the wine is dry! The trend towards red wines that have residual sugar and ultra plush ripe flavors is one that I just don’t understand.