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QUPE SYRAH "HILLSIDE ESTATE", BIEN NACIDO VINEYARD, SANTA MARIA VALLEY 2005
NVWE Notes: From the winery’s library, this rerelease once again showcases the great beauty that cellar-time can bring to Qupe wines. The bouquet is a gorgeous, exotic perfume of Italian Maraschino cherry, cherry pit liqueur and Mr. Lincoln rose scents, steeped in savory counterpoints that include Hungarian-style smoked bacon, wicker wood, hazelnut toffee and braised beef. It is gloriously fruit dominant on the palate, with “Cote Blonde” elegance and palate-drenching flavors of Italian Maraschino cherry, sour red cherry, black raspberry galette, blood orange peel tea, cracked black pepper, crushed dry rose and hazelnut nougat. It finishes food-friendly, youthfully fresh, ultra-long and terrifically satisfying. It’s a joy to drink.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
The 2005 Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Estate boasts a complex bouquet of lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, tar, camphor, and black fruits. This full-bodied Syrah possesses admirable acidity, a lovely texture, elegance, and overall harmony. It is a stylish, concentrated wine to consume over the next 8 to 10 years.