Posts Tagged Zaca Mesa

2009 Zaca Mesa Mourvedre, Santa Ynez Valley

Many California renditions of this variety have a distinct earthy quality — but not this one. It’s defined by its fruit and spice notes, including dark berries, a hint of apricot, cinnamon stick and pepper. Big enough to accompany a steak, but... Read more

2008 Zaca Mesa ‘Mesa Reserve’ Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

There’s a lot going on in this rich, dense wine, which showcases nice purity of fruit. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes pungent smoke and game, coconut, mocha, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, white pepper and just a hint of blueberry. Best of... Read more

2007 Zaca Mesa ‘Z Three,’ Santa Ynez Valley

Intended to showcase the best of the winery’s estate fruit, this blend of Syrah (49%), Mourvedre (31%) and Grenache (20%) spent just under two years in barrels prior to bottling. Dark berries and rich black cherry provide the fruit impressions,... Read more

2008 Zaca Mesa Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

Earthy notes and an impression of olive tapenade surround lush red fruit in this wine, which includes a dollop of color-lifting Viognier in the blend. The wine has a chalky/earthy finish. MSRP: $25 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2007 Zaca Mesa ‘Z Cuvee,’ Santa Ynez Valley

Nicely balanced and not at all jammy, this blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah showcases notes of black berries, cherry, eucalyptus and rosemary. An excellent companion for barbecued meats such as a Santa Maria tri-tip. MSRP: $20 (August... Read more

2008 Zaca Mesa Roussanne, Santa Ynez Valley

Texturally, this wine is much like a California Chardonnay, the result of regular stirring and the use of new oak barrels for more than half of the cuvee. Flavors reminiscent of apple and honey-roasted almonds dominate, joined by mild cream and... Read more

2009 Zaca Mesa Viognier, Santa Ynez Valley

This is an easy-to-like wine, from its honeysuckle aroma to its bright fruit flavors (papaya, Mandarin orange, assorted stone fruits) to its mildly creamy finish. A good choice to accompany spicy sushi. MSRP: $18 (August 2012) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

2009 Zaca Mesa Chardonnay, Santa Ynez Valley

This wine splits the difference between the “unoaked” style that has been gaining favor in recent years, and the big butterballs that became popular late in the 20th century. Tropical fruit, honeydew melon and pear notes are joined by a mild... Read more

2011 Zaca Mesa ‘Z Gris,’ Santa Ynez Valley

This rosé-style wine is a blend of two-thirds Grenache and one-third Mourvedre. It offers perfumed aromas of strawberry and banana that carry through on the palate, joined by a raspberry note. A refreshing wine to carry along on a picnic. MSRP:... Read more

2008 Zaca Mesa Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

A deep purple-plum color. Varietal aromas of blackberry, black currant, and fresh black pepper mix with a whiff of menthol. Despite 14.5% alcohol, it remains light and supple in the mouth. A classic Rhone red like this begs for a classic pairing —... Read more