2010 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Syrah

SKU #1175471 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 The first winery to plant Syrah in the county continues to produce powerful but layered expressions. This delivers rich aromas of cherry, stewed plum and blackberry alongside sage and a wisp of vanilla. On the palate, it starts rich, until bright acidity and tannins bring balance amidst mocha and blackberry jam flavors and an oak-powered vanilla finish.  (2/2015)

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Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2015 | Send Email
No idea how we got the price this low, but the 2010 Zaca Mesa Syrah was well worth the $20 that it used to go for. Now it's an incredible deal. Dusty, savory spice is present, along with blackberry and plum fruit notes. It's rich, full-bodied, and probably at its peak right now. Definitely one of our best deals at the moment.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2015 | Send Email
A veritable raft of blueberries and blackberries, a suave pinch of baking spice, violet pastilles and vanilla all deliver the goods in this indulgent, pleasure-packed Syrah. With its voraciously voluminous fruit and engaging gorgeousness I marvel that whole herds, er, flocks of hungry, ravenous blackbirds never made a desperate, feathered assault on the Zaca Mesa estate vineyards, but don't ask why or wait, just sink your clever talons into a case or two before your next gathering of the human flock. It will be gone before you can say 'Birdman wins the Oscar'....I said it here first.....
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Michael Jordan | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2015 | Send Email
A lush blueberry pie combined with hints of smoked meat, cinnamon,vanilla and cedar. There is a lot of wine here for the price and like the Andrew Murray Syrah we e-mailed a month or so ago, not to be missed.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2015 | Send Email
Drinking superbly right now this 2010 Santa Ynez Syrah hits all the high notes. Bursting out of the glass with wild-berries, figs, speck, and peppered dark chocolate. This Syrah is classic yet lifted and oh, soo plush. Just the right amount of juicy acid leaving the palate full but not too weighty, as well as being super food-friendly! BBQ ribs anyone?

Staff Image By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2015 | Send Email
A supple and full-bodied wine, this is what Syrah should be! Almost feeling like a mixture of both California and Northern Rhone styles, this starts off with a nose of dark fruit and white pepper, and features a weighty mouthfeel that includes blackberry, cassis, spicebox, and herbal meats. A long finish and solid acidity makes this an excellent choice for a rich meal.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5