REVIEW: Qupé Central Coast Syrah 2006

February 20th, 2009 by Jeff

Nose:

Wow!   Bacon fat right away, vanilla, violets, blackberry, and even though this is only 13.5% alcohol, I get a touch of heat.

Palette:

This is a full bodied wine with good acidity and plush, round tannins.  Up front I get a lot of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla with the fruit evident but kind of buried.  Imagine too many “Nilla” wafers on top of too much chocolate topping on top of a red grape and blackberry medley.  That is this wine to a T.

Synopsis:

What does all that say to me?  Lets break it down.   Structurally the wine is well balanced.  All the vanilla and chocolate speak to the oak barrels (probably American oak) that the wine was aged in.  There is fruit underneath those flavors.  As the oak flavors begin to integrate with the fruit over the next year or so I think this could become something considerably more.  Very drinkable now but by mid 2010-2013 this should mature into something more smokey and leathery with a nice line of cherry fruit throughout.

Rating this wine is tough.   Right now I’m tempted to give it 6/10, but I can almost guarantee you that in 4 years I would freak out over this wine.  So lets split the difference.

The Som Rating:  8/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

The Som Rating: 8/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

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