Zaca Mesa Winery

805-688-9339 6905 Foxen Canyon Road PO Box 899
Los Olivos, CA 93441
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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. – Description from zacamesa

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Zaca Mesa Winery Syrah 2006


    Somewhat murky prune color. On the palate, an immediate hit of ripe stone fruitsplum, peach. Sprightly sensation on the tonguelike an astringency or effervescence. Also, a tartness that seems to hit the front of the tongue. Normally, I seem to get that at the back. Some minerally sensations at the back of the palate. A very lengthy, cherr... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I’ve already written up the Grenache based wines I tasted during my time in Santa Barbara, they can be found here: Grenache - The Next Pinot Noir?  so today I am focusing on most of the remaining wines that I tasted while in the region. I’ll save the few Pinots I Tasted for a Pinot round-up, which might surprise some folks. You see I went to San... Read More

    From the article The Wines of Santa Barbara

  • Zaca Mesa Black Bear Block Syrah 2009


    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... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Syrah Reserve 2009


    21 months 80% newDark with nutty oak top notes and bitter chocolate shavings framed wild blackberry and grilled meaty fruits on the nose. Texturally this is worlds above the Eight Barrel with superb clarity on the palate with just a hint of either youthful or wood induced sweetness. Layers of slightly gamy blackberry and black plum fruits with ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Eight Barrel Syrah 2010


    Tight on the nose nose with a funky blend of soil, oak, and savory Syrah fruit rich in white pepper, dark fruit, and hints of truffle and pencil lead. Elegant if just a bit on the soft side in the mouth with lots of fine grained sweet tannins supporting a big gamy midpalate that shows hints of pepper and spice in a rather integrated and supple s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Estate Syrah 2009


    40% new oak, 18 months1% viognier cofermentedRather ripe on the nose, then smoky and dark with some caramel notes framing a bit of honeysuckle While not as powerful on entry as the nose suggest, this is rich and rather well balanced with decisive cut to the palates wild cherry, black pepper, dried meat and bergamot tea flavors. There is a fine ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Z Three 2008


    51% syrah, 37% mourvedre, 12% GrenacheToasted nut, present but well balanced oak, hints of black olives and black pepper framing smoky dried meat and wild black plum and berry fruit flood the nose. This is aromatic. . Smooth, rich and powerful on entry, with a mouthfeel supported by fine grained if slightly dry and wood derived tannins and integ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Mourvedre 2010


    18 months in oak, 25% newRather oaky and noticeably raw at that with light toast, vanilla laced black currant and tarry dried meat aromas. Bright and crisp on entry, this is thoroughly medium bodied with lovely, lively, meaty, berry flavors that show a touch of tar and dried plum fruits. Cool, crisp and lightly mineral on the palate this turns ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Roussanne 2009


    Smoky oak laced nose with a smoked meat, prosciutto aroma over dark, slightly dried tart, astringent fruit. While a bit soft on entry, this turns broad and round in the mouth with a creamy if clear midpalate. The oak adds plenty of spice to the midpalate and the backend, which is a little short with a hint of burnt orange rind. This is soft, cr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Zaca Mesa Z Blanc 2010


    47% roussanne, 47% grenache blanc, 6% viognierBarrel aged separately, the blended and aged 7 monthsA beautiful nose that is floral, lightly smoky, and rich with the aromas of nut meats, apricot, mango, and melon. Bright and clear on entry with a lovely texture that shows a nuanced richness surrounding vibrant fresh fruit that's light and precise... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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