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.
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?