“A Qupé flagship, the Marsanne Doux Sawyer Lindquist Valley is once again terrific in 2014. Candied orange peel, crème brulée, honey and floral notes all flesh out in a viscous yet midweight, racy dessert wine loaded with class and personality.”
Bob Lindquist is a pioneer in Santa Barbara winemaking. He planted some of the first cool-climate Syrah in California at the Bien Nacido vineyard in 1997. He became known as one of founding Rhone Rangers, demonstrating that Rhone varietals could succeed in California. “Qupe” is a Chumash Native American word for poppy, the California state flower often found in the area.
This golden-hued, botrytized beauty is one of the last remnants from Santa Barbara winemaking legend and pioneer Bob Lindquist. Imagine a lemon wafer, a ginger snap, and a scoop of orange blossom honey met in a French oak room that smelled of Tahitian vanilla and spawned this lovechild. The finish goes on for ages. It’s fine to drink this wine from a proper Port glass, but really, a straw would be more appropriate. Pair this with pancakes for breakfast, a cheese plate at lunch, and with an apple pie after dinner.
Appellation: Edna Valley
Vineyard: Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
A “straw dried” Marsanne dessert wine harvested on 9/24/14.
Sugar at harvest 22.2° Brix
Winemaker note: grapes were dried increasing the Brix level to 44.5° when pressed on 12/9/14
Here at Qupé, our wines focus on quality, character, and balance. We specialize in Rhône-style wines from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, which is farmed sustainable, the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley, farmed biodynamically, and the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos, farmed organically. Bob Lindquist’s exacting standards and never-resting-on-laurels attitude, allows Qupé to continually be cutting edge and a benchmark other wineries aspire to be.
Qupé (pronounced kyoo-pay’) is the Chumash Indian word for California poppy. The Chumash are native to California’s Central Coast and the Channel Islands; the California poppy is our state flower. Bob Lindquist added the accent to the word Qupé and gave it the pronunciation.
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Hey everyone, I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this to rat! I’m not terribly experienced with dessert wine, but I have liked the few I’ve tried (Wellington and Scott Harvey here). But I don’t have a lot to compare it to.
I really loved the nose - it smells so strongly of guava, papaya, and pineapple it almost feels like I have a fresh smoothie in my hand.
Has a medium bodied weight, but doesn’t feel too heavy or syrupy. Those same tropical notes are there, and it has great acidity. I bought some Stilton, I’ll let you know how they pair later.
The finish is very long, the sweet guava stays on the back of your tongue and the acidity will make your mouth water. Pretty fun!
Like I said, I’m a novice to dessert wines but I’m impressed and found out to be very enjoyable. Thanks to the casemates team for letting me try another wine!
I just had a really nice Sauternes last weekend with a blood orange pot de creme and forgot how enjoyable a light non-fortified dessert wine can be. Funny that this just came up… just wish I needed 12 of these… tempted to buy a case just to have something fun to bring to some dinner parties.
I’m very sad this came up and that I got a bottle (just found out) but was in the hospital for some emergency surgery (good now). So even if I had stopped by work on the way home and gotten it, I couldn’t drink it. One of the guys at work that splits small quantities with me sometimes is taking it home, but he won’t get it either.