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Zaca Mesa Black Bear Block Syrah 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Funky and rich on the nose, gamier and more savory than the Mesa Reserva Syrah with a nice black olive aspect and fine briar and smoky overlay. In the mouth this shows impeccable balance, super clarity, and excellent ripeness of fruit. Earthy, gamy and deep with a soft truffle and black pepper overlay to the black cherry and wild raspberry fruit, the tannins here are fine grained and tightly packed adding some volume to the elegant mouthfeel and leading to a clear if very slightly earthy, bitter chocolate and thyme laced finish which is long and clear. This has a great sense of ripeness without a hint of over ripeness. 94pts

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Zaca Mesa Winery:
Zaca Mesa Winery, located in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California, is dedicated to estate grown and bottled Rhône varietal wines. They hand craft their wines with integrity using traditional methods from grapes sustainably grown in their vineyard. Since 1973, they have farmed and nurtured their vineyard to produce wines that are true to the unique spirit of their land.

Editorial Reviews for Zaca Mesa Black Bear Block Syrah

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
09/12/2013

Funky and rich on the nose, gamier and more savory than the Mesa Reserva Syrah with a nice black olive aspect and fine briar and smoky overlay. In the mouth this shows impeccable balance, super clarity, and excellent ripeness of fruit. Earthy, gamy and deep with a soft truffle and black pepper overlay to the black cherry and wild raspberry fruit, the tannins here are fine grained and tightly packed adding some volume to the elegant mouthfeel and leading to a clear if very slightly earthy, bitter chocolate and thyme laced finish which is long and clear. This has a great sense of ripeness without a hint of over ripeness. 94pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.70 5
09/12/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: jrobinson411
84457319
4.00 5
08/02/2015

Four glasses


External Reviews for Zaca Mesa Black Bear Block Syrah

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Delivers a pure rich spicy mix of peppery wild berry cedar dried herb and underbrush flavors firming nicely on the long full finish. Drink now through 2022. JL Wine Spectator.



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