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Qupe 2008 Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 

This striking Syrah was grown in the Beckmen family’s Purisima Vineyard along Ballard Canyon Road in Los Olivos. It’s typically one of my favorite of winemaker Bob Lindquist’s many vineyard-designated Syrahs. He describes it as one of their most elegant Syrahs—not surprising, since the vineyard is 100-percent biodynamically farmed by winemaker Steve Beckmen. Pretty, refined, and beautifully balanced, it tastes of ripe raspberries weaved with notes of cherries, herbs, and spice. This well-balanced Rhone red drinks deliciously alone, and it’s a great choice for grilled lamb chops, a buffalo burger, or rich ribeye steak. This exceptional wine is available at Qupé’s Los Olivos tasting room, where it’s a very good buy at $35.


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