Founder and Winemaker, Bob Lindquist chose the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County for the sole purpose of producing top quality, cool climate wines in 1982. No longer the sole owner Bob, was recently joined by Charles Banks of Screaming Eagle fame who has taken a majority stake in the winery via his company, Terroir Selections. Production is mainly dedicated to Rhone varietals such Mourvedre, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. Qupé’s wines are made at the Santa Maria Mesa, which is shared with his long-time friend, Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat. His wife, Louisa Sawyer Lindquist helps with sales. The Central Coast Syrah delivers good value as the winery’s entry-level red wine from a blend of eight sites in Santa Barbara and the Edna Valley. Perfumed and bursting with red fruit the influence of cool climate viticulture is clear from the lively acidity in the wine. Biodynamic farming comes into play at the Sawyer Lindquist vineyard, which was planted in 2005. Cool morning and evening fog roll in off the Pacific Ocean to create a microclimate that preserves acidity in the grapes and help them to ripen slowly and evenly. These are uniquely Californian examples that resemble the finesse of the Rhone. Simply stunning wines!