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Zaca Mesa Syrah Estate Grown & Bottled 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

After hand harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and placed into small open-top bins to cold-soak for 4 days and then to ferment, some with native yeast. During fermentation, the rising grape skins were punched down twice a day resulting in wine of intense color, rich flavors and fine tannins. This wine was aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels; 30% of them were new.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Syrah
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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.

Member Reviews for Zaca Mesa Syrah Estate Grown & Bottled

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Snooth User: dannelson
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4.50 5
09/15/2010

A smooth, fruity and extremely bold Syrah that fails to disappoint. At its price range, the 2006 Zaca Mesa is hard to beat and easy to enjoy. Wine Spectator: 93


Snooth User: BillReddy
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4.50 5
05/22/2010

Paired with home-made jerk chicken, tri-tip roast and a mimolette cheese. Very nice bouquet, fruit powerful and a bit high on the AC content. Delicious as paired.


Snooth User: frogloveris
3081263
1.50 5
01/06/2011

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Zaca Mesa Syrah Estate Grown & Bottled

11/12/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Fans of expressively gamy Syrah should find a good deal to like here, but so too will those who like their Syrahs on the rich and well-ripened side. The wine is a big one, yet it is nicely balanced, and it does a fine job of hiding its heat. Neither its acidity nor its ample tannins are excessive, and the two are seamlessly fit. It is sufficiently fruity to enjoy early on but has the extract and depth to improve for a few years. Zaca Mesa seems to get it right with Syrah year in and year out. Well done.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Fans of expressively gamy Syrah should find a good deal to like here


External Review
04/14/2010

WS: 93 Points


External Review
04/08/2010

Zaca Mesa Winery was the first winery to plant Syrah in Santa Barbara County in 1978. Today they have 90 acres of Syrah and the diversity of vine age and clonal selection provides their wines with complexity and depth. This 2006 Syrah is a blend of estate grapes, 100% Syrah from several vineyard block, each vinified separately. The wine was aged 16 months in French oak. The Wine Spectator called it a Smart Buy , scoring it 93 points and saying “"Offering wonderful floral, grapey plum and wild berry aromas, this is rich, smooth and supple on the palate, with tiers dark berry, mocha, mineral and spice flavors that glide along. Drink now through 2015. Limited!



Tasting Notes:

Our Syrah displays rich blackberry, cassis, espresso, mocha and our signature sage spice aromas and flavors. The silky finish lingers from the ripe tannins and smoky oak. This full-bodied wine should be enjoyed over the next ten years. A traditional pairing for this wine is a rack of lamb with rosemary and garlic. Grilled meats and bold cheese will also pair well.

After hand harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and placed into small open-top bins to cold-soak for 4 days and then to ferment, some with native yeast. During fermentation, the rising grape skins were punched down twice a day resulting in wine of intense color, rich flavors and fine tannins. This wine was aged for sixteen months in French oak barrels; 30% of them were new.

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