Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Sep 14, 2010 Qupe Syrah Stolpman Vineyard 2005 SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSanta Ynez Valley AVA, Central Coast, California, USA $43-50Que syrah, syrah…. I think of this as the rallying song of the Central Coast’s Rhone Rangers. This Californian band of merry vintners is dedicated to promoting Rhone varietals through expression of their unique terroir. In the Rhone Valley, there are 22 grape varieties including the well-known Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. Less common here (though thoroughly delicious) include Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Counoise, Bourboulenc and Picpoul. Qupe’s Bob Lindquist was at the head of the pack, making Syrah in Santa Barbara back before either the grape or the area were cool (1982!)Fall’s foggy weather prompted cracking open a couple of hearty, cozy reds. If you come across this single vineyard Syrah from Qupe, you should grab it. Though the 2005 is still available on this market (try Marquis Wines), the following 06 vintage was their last ever from this Vineyard, as the Stolpman family has decided to keep these fabulous grapes for their own winery’s production.Aromas of ripe blackberry and plum dominate the nose, followed by a full body of juicy cassis, salted meat, mineral, black pepper and earth flavours. As with many gutsy reds, this benefits from decanting – or at least opening an hour or two before you’re ready to enjoy. And enjoy you will. Expressive, structured and lengthy – this wine makes me welcome the rainy days again on the Wet Coast.* Available at select private wine storesRating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) CaliforniaRed WineSyrahWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.