Qupé is a Santa Barbara winery specializing in Rhône-style reds and Chardonnay, founded by Bob Lindquist in 1982. Bob has been a pioneer and champion for the central coast's wine development, while also building Qupé into one of the most respected California Syrah producers. The winery shares a production facility with Au Bon Climat that sits right on the esteemed Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. With 36 harvests under his belt at Qupé, and a lifetime achievement award from Rhone Rangers in 2015, we'd say it's about time we revisit these beautiful Qupé wines!
Flight of the Qupé - $20 (3oz of each)
The flight we'll be serving will be special as it includes a couple of library wines which show how well Bob's wines age! It will also be fun because the man himself, Bob Lindquist, will be here to answer your questions, as well as take your ribbing since he is a huge Dodgers fan!! As in LA (Lost Again)!
Please join us Tuesday, Nov. 14th from 4-10pm as we take you on a winery trip down south!
Located in the agricultural heart of the Santa Maria Valley, Bien Nacido Vineyard supports nearly 900 acres of coveted wine grapes. Vineyard blocks include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc, as well as California’s first cool-climate Syrah. Two of the wines in this flight will come from this meticulously farmed vineyard, that is truly a must visit for anyone studying in the history of California wine.
- Qupé 2014 Bien Nacido Vnyd. Reserve 'Block 11' Chardonnay
Block 11 is a 6 acre parcel planted exclusively for Qupé in 1997. It is planted on a north-facing hillside to minimize the direct sun exposure which brings out more citrus and mineral tones that you'll find in this wine. A powerful and rich wine, the oak is nicely balanced by the mouth-watering acidity, giving it a lengthy finish. 92pts. - Antonio Galloni
- Qupé 2007 'Purisima Mountain Vnyd.' Grenache
On the western side of Ballard Canyon lies the Biodynamically farmed Purisima Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve Beckman. Comprised mostly of clay and clay-loam soils, it has a limestone subsoil which is similar to what you find in the great Rhone regions of Côte Rôtie and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine was hand selected by Bob to showcase it's age-worthiness quality.
- Qupe 2010 'Hillside Estate' Bien Nacido Vnyd. Syrah
100% Syrah coming from the Z Block of Bien Nacido, which was planted in 1992 on a steep southwest facing slope. The wine is textbook Bien Nacido showing spicy, savory aromatics along with some mocha notes from the oak. Rich with well-integrated flavors of blueberry, cola and black pepper. It's a real crowd-pleaser and just reaching its ideal drinking window!
A special tasting with some wines of age, from a couple of special vineyards, made by a legendary winemaker, all for only $20!
We hope can you join us!! And wear your Giants gear!
Chris, Lindsey, Tate, & the Team