Original tasting and review : This is Qupe SYR Syrah Grenache Mourvedre, Central Coast, California, 2009, a custom bottling for San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California, finished at 13.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold plum and some dark underbelly. From the aroma, seems like this will be big but fresh.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh with dark, lush blackberry. Some residuals tannins, nice acids that hold up the deeper fruit.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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