Zaca Mesa Syrah Mesa Reserve
The broad fruit spectrum offered up from the glass as soon as you pour this wine is impressive. Olfactory assault begins with a strong smell of overripe blackberries that carry the dusty smell of rain right before it happens. The bouquet continues with more fruit smells mingled with other components like a raspberry mocha shake then the signature spice and sage. On the palate, this wine spreads across your flavor receptors with silky smooth textures exhibiting non-tannic characteristics. The bold fruit, soft structure and smoky oak on the finish completes this package. Will continue to build complexity over the next few years.
$70.00 / Bottle $840.00 / 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.