Overview of the Wine
Qupé's flagship "Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard" is right around the corner from Alban and produces brilliant wines that balance Old World elegance with Central Coast flair. Found in San Luis Obispo County's Edna Valley AVA, Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard blankets 40 prime acres of a 80-acre ranch. Grape mixtures planted incorporate Pinot Noir, Spanish Tempranillo and Albariño, and Rhône delegates Marsanne, Syrah, and Grenache. All are cultivated utilizing biodynamic techniques and gathered by hand.
Bob Lindquist and Louisa Sawyer Lindquist planted the vineyard in 2005, first molding the raw area with biodynamic arrangements. These arrangements advertise soil vigor, while cultivating the health and diversity of the farm, which biodynamic professionals see as a living organism.
In 2009, the vineyard received biodynamic certification from Demeter Association, the U.S. representative of Demeter International, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing the planet through agriculture. That same year, the wines made from the vineyard were crafted according to biodynamic standards and certified by Demeter Association.
The robust vines climb the rolling hills of the ranch, where low pH soils are composed of gravelly clay loam mingled with mudstone. They thrive in a climate rated an upper Region I on the U.C. Davis Winkler Scale. Average summer highs reach temperatures in the mid-70 degrees F., while nighttime lows drop to about 50 degrees F.
Marine fog rolls in during the evening hours, but burns off nicely in late morning. This cool climate results in a long growing season that yields grapes with naturally high acidity and a delightfully broad spectrum of flavors.
Three large gardens, stocked with beneficial plants, grow in strategic areas of the vineyard. These oases of diversity bloom with a variety of native California plants selected to attract bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and other helpful insects.
Bob and Louisa also installed six owl boxes throughout the vineyard, inviting the hungry predators to move in and help control such pests as gophers and ground squirrels. During the winter months, when the vines lie dormant, about 150 sheep graze among the vineyard rows, simultaneously keeping weeds down and supplementing the soil’s fertility.
The first release from Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard, the 2008 vintage, debuted to positive reviews. The wines from that and subsequent vintages display lively flavors and a lovely balance, qualities that bode well for the future of this cutting-edge and environmentally sound vineyard.
Grape / Blend
Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2016 Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Syrah is a classic, cool climate Syrah, with rich notes of spiced blackberry and a peppery finish. This wine pairs beautifully with robust pulled pork dishes, and is ready to drink upon release, or will age gracefully over next 8-12 years.
Product size: 750ml