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Bob Lindquist is a pioneer in Santa Barbara winemaking. He planted some of the first cool climate Syrah in California at the Bien Nacido vineyard in 1997. He became known as one of founding Rhone Rangers, demonstrating that Rhone varietals could succeed in California.
"Qupe" is a Chumash Native American word for poppy, the California state flower often found in the area. The Bien Nacido vineyard translates to "of good birth" and is part of a larger parcel, associated with an original California land grant. Given the vineyard's east-west exposition, the cool air from the Pacific Ocean flows into the Santa Maria valley and creates a perfect, natural air conditioning that keeps nights and mornings cool and the days warm. For this reason, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme here. And, as Bob discovered, so too does Syrah.
This is a late harvest wine from a biodynamic vineyard. This is a 375ml bottle.
A Qupé flagship, the Marsanne Doux Sawyer Lindquist Valley is once again terrific in 2014. Candied orange peel, crème brulée, honey and floral notes all flesh out in a viscous yet midweight, racy dessert wine loaded with class and personality. ~93VM
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