Sunday Wine Fun: Zaca Mesa Syrah

Zaca Mesa syrah, one of the main wineries in Santa Barbara. From the Santa Ynez valley, the southernmost and warmest of the AVAs there.

From the bottle:

Our Syrah was hand harvested, gently sorted and destemmed, patiently fermented with a little Viognier, and then aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.  This full-bodied wine has dense blackberry, white pepper, cassis, mocha, our signature dried sage aromas and flavors with ripe tannins for a long lingering finish. Savor it over the next 10 years with grilled and roasted meats or hearty cuisine.  20170507_185313

Tastes like cherry syrup with a deep green pepper, grilled steak note, like a Philly cheesesteak mashed up with cherry twizzlers.

Not bad, though it’s a little too much oak for me.  To taste oak in red wine, look for baking spice notes.

This one has too much for me.  But I am very sensitive to that.  You might find it delightful!

What’s in your glass?

-Carol

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