Bob Lindquist first worked a harvest in 1975. By 1979 he was working alongside Jim Clendenen at Zaca Mesa Winery and in 1982 he founded Qupé producing a total of 900 cases (Chardonnay, Syrah, and a rosé of Pinot Noir). After harvest in 1983 he left Zaca Mesa to focus full time on his own brand by renting space at other wineries to make and age his wines. By 1989 Jim and Bob had built their own winery under a lease agreement with Bien Nacido Vineyards, humbly referred to as an elegant facility. Putting together the two traits of “largest and most coveted”, one can argue that no other vineyard beats Bien Nacido. 900 acres of mostly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah this area of the Santa Maria Valley AVA has numerous combinations of flat lowland, valley & ocean influences, and hillside exposures. The ‘Hillside Estate’ was custom planted for Bob in 1997 from clones of Roussanne taken from the famous Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf du Pape, France. The fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented, then aged exclusively in François Frères Burgundy barrels that the winery used once for Chardonnay. Aged a total of 18 months in barrel, with the first 12 months on the lees in those Chardonnay Frères barrels, then racked and aged the last 6 months in neutral barrels. The winery suggests, “The 2012 will complement thick and creamy dishes accented with butter, nuts and slow cooked root vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, roasted turnips and rutabaga. (Those) are lovely matches as are richer shellfish such as lobster, crab and scallops.”
Label I.Q.: In the Chumash language, Qupé refers to the poppy, California’s state flower.