Overview: Zaca Mesa - Santa Ynez Valley Syrah, 2014. Drank during the summer of 2018, Paired with dinner, enjoyed with my fiancée.
Producer: Zaca Mesa Winery
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, CA
Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah
Avg. Cost: $19.99
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Look: Upon inspection, the wine had a very dark purple hue, with softer maroon tones on the edges. Dark hues, no opacity. Medium viscosity.
Smell: Heavy scents of peppercorn and black fruits on the nose. Slightly musky smell at first, which disappeared after running it through an aerator.
Taste: Peppery taste at first, followed by subtle notes of blackberry and jammy/plum tastes. Medium-light grip on tongue. Acidity balanced well, not too dry, not sweet. Well structured.
Conclusion: Pretty kickin' Cali Syrah for $20. California isn't known for its Syrahs...yet. Still would have reached for the Australian Syrah had I not been cash-strapped...but all in all, not a bad way to spend $20. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either.
Occasion: Drank on a summer night in June while having dinner with my fiancée, paired with kimchi and grilled skirt steak and jalapenos.