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Zaca Mesa Viognier 2009

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After we hand harvested this Viognier, it began fermenting in stainless steel tanks. Halfway through fermentation, it was transferred to neutral French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for three months, but was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. This short barrel aging provides the rich, creamy mouth feel.

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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.
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Member Reviews for Zaca Mesa Viognier

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Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
04/21/2011

minerals and lime on the nose with a tinge of petrol and peach, beautiful aromas, spice on the palate, floral, and some lychee too. lovely


Snooth User: Hana Choi
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3.50 5
04/21/2011

Sweet and floral bouquet opens up to a spicy, peppery palate with assertive minerality reminding me of a salty trip to the beach. Nice, crisp acidity that I'd love to pair with some spicy Thai.


Snooth User: Zuiko
540750816
1.50 5
03/13/2013

Tasted this wine in early 2013 and it is over the hill. The fruit is mostly gone but still drinkable but better for cooking. Nose is subdued. My rating --- 74


Snooth User: heathbodell
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3.50 5
05/04/2011

Honey and floral on the nose. Very spicy on the tongue. I tasted nutmeg and cloves. Very complex and tasty!


Snooth User: Maggie613
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3.00 5
08/12/2011

Three glasses


External Reviews for Zaca Mesa Viognier

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/20/2011

ST: 87 Points WE: 87 Points RP: 86 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/24/2011

Bright yellow-gold. Classic peachy, spicy, floral viognier aromas. Then sweet, creamy and expansive, with a velvety texture and lush pit fruit flavors. Spreads out impressively and really stains the palate on the aftertaste, which shows a touch of warmth. Bright acidity and a kiss of white pepper give this rich wine welcome cut and energy. This Viognier takes the variety's exotic tropical fruit and orange flavors, combines them with minerals, and finishes off with a crisp bite of acidity. The result is a rich, elegant wine, with a hint of honeyed sweetness. S.H. The 2009 Viognier exhibits what appears to be the vintage's personality - loads of up-front fruit in an exuberant style. Consumers will love this style, which possesses peach, honeysuckle, apricot, and floral notes. It has zesty acidity, although not a lot of depth, but on a superficial level, it is a pleasant Viognier. Drink it over the next year.


External Review
03/24/2011

This estate-bottled Viognier from Santa Barbara has aromas of honeysuckle and mandarin orange. Deliciously dry on the palate with apricot, mineral, and peach notes. With limited intervention, this Rhône Ranger has created a great Viognier.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

Bright yellow-gold. Classic peachy, spicy, floral viognier aromas. Then sweet, creamy and expansive, with a velvety texture and lush pit fruit flavors. Spreads out impressively and really stains the palate on the aftertaste, which shows a touch of warmth. Bright acidity and a kiss of white pepper give this rich wine welcome cut and energy. - Stephen Tanzer 87 PointsThis Viognier takes the varietys exotic tropical fruit and orange flavors, combines them with minerals, and finishes off with a crisp bite of acidity. The result is a rich, elegant wine, with a hint of honeyed sweetness. S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 87 PointsThe 2009 Viognier exhibits what appears to be the vintages personality loads of up-front fruit in an exuberant style. Consumers will love this style, which possesses peach, honeysuckle, apricot, and floral notes. It has zesty acidity, although not a lot of depth, but on a superficial level, it is a pleasant Viognier. Drink it over the next year. - Robert Parker 86 Points** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
12/17/2014

Bright yellow-gold. Classic peachy, spicy, floral viognier aromas. Then sweet, creamy and expansive, with a velvety texture and lush pit fruit flavors. Spreads out impressively and really stains the palate on the aftertaste, which shows a touch of warmth. Bright acidity and a kiss of white pepper give this rich wine welcome cut and energy. - Stephen Tanzer 87 Points This Viognier takes the variety’s exotic tropical fruit and orange flavors, combines them with minerals, and finishes off with a crisp bite of acidity. The result is a rich, elegant wine, with a hint of honeyed sweetness. S.H. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 87 Points The 2009 Viognier exhibits what appears to be the vintage’s personality – loads of up-front fruit in an exuberant style. Consumers will love this style, which possesses peach, honeysuckle, apricot, and floral notes. It has zesty acidity, although not a lot of depth, but on a superficial level, it is a pleasant Viognier. Drink it over the next year. - Robert Parker 86 Points ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/31/2014

Bright yellow-gold. Classic peachy, spicy, floral viognier aromas. Then sweet, creamy and expansive, with a velvety texture and lush pit fruit flavors. Spreads out impressively and really stains the palate on the aftertaste, which shows a touch of warmth. Bright acidity and a kiss of white pepper give this rich wine welcome cut and energy. This Viognier takes the variety's exotic tropical fruit and orange flavors, combines them with minerals, and finishes off with a crisp bite of acidity. The result is a rich, elegant wine, with a hint of honeyed sweetness. S.H. The 2009 Viognier exhibits what appears to be the vintage's personality - loads of up-front fruit in an exuberant style. Consumers will love this style, which possesses peach, honeysuckle, apricot, and floral notes. It has zesty acidity, although not a lot of depth, but on a superficial level, it is a pleasant Viognier. Drink it over the next year. ** Only 2 in Stock **



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Tasting Notes:

On the nose, aromas of honeysuckle and white peach hint at sweetness. However, this wine is dry on the palate with notes of ripe apricot, lemon-lime, melon and lychee. A lingering finish has a touch of minerality, a signature characteristic of our vineyard. A natural pairing would be Thai chicken, raw oysters, ahi tuna or Szechuan prawns.

After we hand harvested this Viognier, it began fermenting in stainless steel tanks. Halfway through fermentation, it was transferred to neutral French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for three months, but was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. This short barrel aging provides the rich, creamy mouth feel.

8810 produced.

Aged 3 months in French Oak.

Notes: Neutral French Oak

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.0% pH: 3.3
Total Acidity: 6.7 grams per liter

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