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The 2006 Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Syrah from Qupé Wine Cellars is just barely released and already garnering an exceptional response! Connoisseurs’ Guide rates it a rare 95 Points: “It is not that this is just one of the better Syrahs from Qupé, it is also one of the top wines in this tasting, and it gets to that point through a combination of depth, highly concentrated fruit, very admirable complexity and an invigorated sense of vitality on the palate for a wine of its evident sinew. It is, in short, a wine whose black pepper, sweet smoke, black pepper spice and hints of mint and clove seasonings are handsomely fit to the wealth of blackberry fruit that holds things together. Long and lively as it finishes, this is an exceptional wine by almost any measure one can apply.” This Syrah also received 92 Points from Steven Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. Owner/winemaker Bob Lindquist says, “This definitely ranks among the Top 5 Syrahs that I’ve produced from this special Bien Nacido Hillside block. It has the classic black pepper you get in cool vintages along with raspberries, cola, and Provencal herbs with that nice touch of sweet French oak.” [+]