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Qupe 2009 Syrah Edna Valley "Sonnie's"

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This outstanding Rhone red will turn you away from Cabernet—momentarily, anyway. Rich and intense, this beautifully structured red is complex and layered from start to finish. It was my favorite of winemaker Bob Lindquist’s fall releases, and when I told Bob, he said it was his favorite, too. Deeply flavored with wild blackberries, plums, and black cherries, it has nuances of earth with notes of exotic white pepper and spice. Do not waste time; buy some before it sells out—and it will soon. It’s $55 retail at the Los Olivos tasting room or online at qupe.com, and well worth the extravagance.

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