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Zaca Mesa 2007 Mesa Reserve Syrah -- Wine Review

Santa Ynez Valley, CA

Our Selection for Wine of the Week January 17, 2011

A bottle of Zaca Mesa 2007 Mesa Reserve Syrah, our Wine of the Week review

Zaca Mesa
2007 Mesa Reserve Syrah


Zaca Mesa was founded in 1972 by a group of friends who, at the time, had a somewhat radical idea that the region would be great for starting a vineyard. But what the winery might be best known for is planting the first Syrah in Santa Barbara County in 1978. By 1997, the winery was focusing on Syrah and other Rhone varietals almost entirely. Today, the winery produces a Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, two red, Rhone blends as well as three different Syrahs. The 2007 Mesa Reserve Syrah offers aromas of blackberries, cranberries and black plums with just a hint of tobacco and sage. In the mouth its flavors combine the dark, brooding side of Syrah with flavors like espresso, pepper and spice, with a strong backbone of acidity. Medium in both body and finish, it would make a fine accompaniment to a meal. Try it with winter classics like cassoulet or, for vegetarians eggplant moussaka. With its bright acid and earthy undertones, the wine could even stand up to a bit of spice like blackened tuna or pepper-crusted beef. After dinner, try it with aged, sharp cheeses like cheddar or gouda.

Rating: 14/20

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