I was just writing up all the wine descriptions for the sumptuous Syrahs from Qupe for my new Biodynamic Wine Finder app (coming Sept. 10, 2013) and at the very moment I thought I was done, a new email popped up in my inbox from K&L Wine Merchants. Usually I am not driven to open such emails, but...
When I opened it, what should appear but a notice of a brand new K&L Selections series, co-branded with various vintners. Number one in the series? A Qupe/K&L Sawyer Lindquist Syrah...for $19.99.
You usually can't touch Qupe's single vineyard wines in this price range...but you can now.
I'm looking forward to trying it.
For those who don't know their Syrah well, Bob Lindquist is known as the dean of California Syrah, planting the first Syrah in Santa Barbara County (now Syrah Central with Paso Robles) in 1982. He's been making stellar Syrah ever since. Qupe's been a Wine & Spirits Top 100 winery for 8 out of 9 years.
Lindquist and his wife Louisa (who has her own label - Verdad) grow the grapes on their 40 acre Edna Valley estate (certified Biodynamic in 2009, with Phillip Armenier as consultant), making the wine in Santa Maria at their Clendenen-Lindquist winery. The winery is located in one of the most beautiful spots in California - at the entrance to the fabled and justly famous Bien Nacido vineyard.
Phone orders: 877-559-4637.
But wait - that's not all. Qupe is having its own Syrah sale on all Sawyer Lindquist vineyard Syrahs - all are 25% off through August. That gets you their top drawer stuff - the regular Sawyer Lindquist ($35 - on sale for $26) or their Reserve - "Sonnie's" ($55 - on sale for $41).