Zaca Mesa Z Cuvee
This estate-grown blend emphasizes grenache in its strawberry brightness. Mourvedre adds a savory, earthy bass note, and a small amount of syrah brings out a sweet plum and berry flavor to balance the finish. There's a fragrant, thyme-like scent along with a red spice, like paprika; both add subtle complexity to the clean fruit of the wine.
$40.00 / Bottle $480.00 / Case
The original property was purchased in 1972 by a group of friends and they started planting the vineyard in 1973. As the vineyard came into production, a winery was built on the property in 1978 and later expanded in 1981. Zaca Mesa was the first Central Coast winery to appear in Wine Spectator’s Top 10 back in 1995.
Since 1997, the winery has focused on growing the best Syrah, Viognier, and other Rhone varieties. They have ripped up over half the original vines, replacing them with high-density planting of new rootstock and clone combinations that has significantly improved our quality.
Zaca is a Native American term meaning “restful or peaceful place.” The vineyards are mostly on elevated mesas or plateaus, and the soils are Chamise Loam which are well-drained soils that developed over gravelly beds of silt and clay, and sandy water-deposited materials. These soils are on dissected high terraces (or mesas) with elevations of 1500 feet above sea level. This high elevation provides cooler nights, which translates into wines retaining their natural acidity. Since 1997, the winery has replanted more than half of its original vines with a high-density planting of new rootstock and clone combinations.
After hand harvesting early in the morning, the grapes were gently de-stemmed, fermented, and then put into French oak barrels where they aged separately for seven months. Once the final blend (or Cuvee) was determined the wine was placed back into barrel for an additional nine months to allow for perfect integration of each component. The winery has been producing this unique blend called the Z-Cuvee since 1993. It is inspired by the wines of Cotes du Rhone found in the Southern Rhône Valley of France, where they have been blending these varieties together for centuries to create wines that are greater than the sum of their parts.
This Z Cuvee is a blend of 59% Grenache, 23% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah, and 3% Cinsault.