Qupé focuses on cool climate expressions of Rhône varietals along the Central Coast of Santa Barbara Country.
This is a classic cool climate Chardonnay made in a traditional style. Aromas of citrus, pears and nutmeg waft from the glass, with just a hint of vanilla and toasty oak from aging in barrel. Mouth-coating viscosity on the palate balanced by naturally fresh, crisp acidity.
Syrah: An immediately attractive deep purple colour leads into aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, and coffee followed by a savory palate with a spicy smoky character and refreshing acidity. The balanced alcohol gives the wine a suppleness that makes it an easy drinker.
*ARRIVES DECEMBER 2020* 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, predominately from two Stags Leap District sites — Shafer’s hillside estate vineyard and the “Borderline” vineyard located about two miles south of the winery. Aged for 20 months in 100% new oak barrels (Allier & Troncais).
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017, Oregon. Bursting with dark currant flavours, with a touch of spice and wood aroma adding further depth and complexity. Beautiful soft tannins and minerality make for an elegant and well-rounded wine. Deep and brilliant dark ruby color.
*ARRIVES DECEMBER 2020* Hillside Select is one of California’s greatest red wines. It is produced from carefully selected blocks surrounding the winery (The Sunspot, John's Upper Seven, Venado Illegal & Firebreak) exclusively in the Stags Leap District.
x3 Resonance Pinot Noir 2017, Oregon and x3 Avant Garde Pinot Noir 2018, Carneros.
Willamette Valley's Resonance Pinot Noir is bursting with dark currant flavours, with a touch of spice and wood aroma adding further depth and complexity. Beautiful soft tannins and minerality make for an elegant and well-rounded wine.
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon is the second wine of Insignia.
Blend : 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Aging : 18 months in 48% new oak barrels (62% french & 38% american), and 52% one-to two-year-old barrels.
THE RAREST OFFERING OF INSIGNIA IN TWENTY YEARS, DUE TO A DRASTIC SELECTION OF THE GRAPES PICKED UP BEFORE THE FIRES.
*ARRIVES DECEMBER 2020* This wine honours long-time Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez and his relentless pursuit of quality. 86% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah from a small ridgetop site along the Vaca Mountains, just south of Stags Leap District. It is aged for 30 months in 100% new French barrels (Troncais & Allier).
*ARRIVES DECEMBER 2020* 62% Merlot, 22% Malbec and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Yountville and a vineyard in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, just south of Stags Leap District. Aged for 20 months in a combination of Allier and Troncais barrels (100% new).
*ARRIVES DECEMBER 2020* Shafer’s single-vineyard Carneros-grown Chardonnay is produced from small-clustered clones of grapes selected for their low yields and distinctive flavors. Fermentation takes place within individual oak and stainless steel barrels using native yeasts.